The Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) 2022 will be from 30 March - 1 April 2022. A changing Arctic affects the environment from the local to the global scale. Rapid change threatens Indigenous livelihoods, communities, ecosystems, and the global climate system. The AOS 2022 focuses on how sustained observations can contribute to well-being across a range of scales and better understanding of rapid Arctic change to build resilience and inform policy and decision-making from the community level to the global scale.
Five AOS Working Groups will explore specific aspects of this broader theme, identify action items and deliverables, and collaborate on shared goals for the summit.
Impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic, local communities and the research enterprise have highlighted the need for Capacity Building in support of sustained observations. This need has been recognized and called out at the AOS 2020 and the 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial in 2021. All Working Groups seek to leverage conversations in organizations like the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), University of the Arctic and others to identify specific steps. These steps can be taken to build capacity at the community level, increase resilience, and create space for and support participation of Indigenous Peoples in scientific research and observing relevant in policy and decision-making contexts.
Sub-Theme 1 - Food Security: Continuing past work and ongoing discussions, the Food Security Working Group focuses on observing capacity, e.g., for community-driven observations, and information needs at local scales, especially in the context of Indigenous community priorities, food security, community and ecosystem health.
Sub-Theme 2 - Regional to Global Observing: The Arctic does not exist in isolation, and neither does Arctic Observing. The Global Observing Working Group brings together regional and global observing systems and networks to explore how Arctic observing systems can best complement and link to existing structures and build on their best practices and experience.
Sub-Theme 3 - Data Sharing: The IASC-SAON Arctic Data Committee, and the broader Polar Data Community are advancing priorities such as enhancing data findability, access and usability, and deploying new data systems. These enhanced systems must serve a broad range of different users, including Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic, maximize the value of observations, and be sustained over time. Achieving these goals requires dialogue that includes all actors involved in Arctic observing and data systems design and implementation. The AOS 2022 will act as a platform for interaction between data experts and practitioners and the observing community to advance data interoperability and equitable sharing priorities and solutions.
Sub-Theme 4 - System Integration (SAON ROADS): Building off of the SAON Roadmap for Arctic Observing and Data Systems (ROADS) process and the outcomes of the 2020 AOS, the System Integration Working Group will solicit input into the ROADS process, grow participation, and work towards implementation. In order to accomplish these goals, the Working Group will coordinate further proceedings with the SAON ROADS Task Force.
Sub-Theme 5 - Utility and Benefits: Observing systems aim to provide data that are relevant in decision making contexts, such as adaptation and mitigation measures or resource management. This Working Group will build on past work to explore frameworks, mechanisms, and good practice that help ensure utility and societal benefits associated with observations.
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About the AOS: The AOS fosters communication, international collaboration and coordination of long-term observations aimed at improving understanding of and response to system-scale Arctic change. The AOS is an international forum for optimizing resource allocation, and minimizing gaps and duplication, through coordination of and exchange among researchers, agencies, Indigenous Peoples, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and others involved or interested in long-term observing activities. The AOS serves as a platform to identify and address societal and scientific needs and priorities, minimize gaps in data and information, reduce duplication, improve coverage and breadth, and contribute to solution-based applications and knowledge sharing. Rapid and unprecedented system-scale environmental change in polar regions, and other sensitive areas globally, requires adaptation, forecasting, planning and the development of mitigation strategies, all dependent on a timely, accurate, and integrated network of Arctic observing systems. The AOS provides opportunities to make tangible contributions and progress towards the development and operation of such a system of systems spanning all Arctic components, and including consideration of community needs, international cooperation, opportunities, and challenges, and from decision-makers to community members.