Sustaining Arctic Observing Network (SAON) is a joint activity of IASC and the Arctic Council with the purpose to support and strengthen the development of multinational engagement for sustained and coordinated pan-Arctic observing and data sharing systems. SAON promotes the vision of well-defined observing networks that enable users to have access to free, open and high quality data that will realize pan-Arctic and global value-added services and provide societal benefits.
SAON was initiated by IASC and the Arctic Council´s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) in 2007 and is now governed by a SAON Board, with the Arctic Council appointing the Chair and IASC appointing the Vice-Chair. Secretarial support is provided by AMAP and IASC.
SAON´s activities are managed by two committee: (1) the joint SAON/IASC Arctic Data Committee and (2) the SAON Committee on Observations and Networks (CON).
For more information please see: www.arcticobserving.org