INTAROS: H2020: Integrated Arctic Observation System

INTAROS is a research and innovation action under the H2020-BG-09 call in 2016 and will run from 2016 to 2021.

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The overall objective is to build an efficient integrated Arctic Observation System (iAOS) by extending, improving and unifying existing systems in the different regions of the Arctic.

Specific objective 1: Establish a Pan-Arctic forum to support formulation of agreements and collaboration between organization involved in developing Arctic observing systems across EU member states, non-EU countries and transnational organizations.

Specific objective 2: Develop a Roadmap for future implementation of a Sustainable Arctic Observing System.

Specific objective 3: Exploit existing observing systems and databases of atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, geosphere and terrestrial data as the backbone of an integrated Arctic Observing System (iAOS) platform.

Specific objective 4: Contribute to fill gaps of the in situ observing system by use of robust technologies suitable for the Arctic.

Specific objective 5: Add value to observations through assimilation into models.

Specific objective 6: Enhance community-based observing programmes by building capacity of scientists and community members to participate in community based research.

Specific objective 7: Develop and implement the iAOS platform for integration and analysis of multidisciplinary with distributed data repositories.

Specific objective 8: Demonstrate benefit of the iAOS functionality to selected stakeholders.

Specific objective 9: Develop professional skills in using the iAOS platform and new data products within industry, education and science. 

Project Summary

INTAROS develops an integrated Arctic Observation System (iAOS) by extending, improving and unifying existing systems in the different regions of the Arctic. INTAROS has a multidisciplinary focus, with tools for integration of data from atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and terrestrial sciences, provided by institutions in Europe, North America and Asia. Satellite earth observation (EO) data plays an increasingly important role in such observing systems, because the amount of EO data for observing the global climate and environment grows year by year. EO data are integrated with in situ data in many application studies.  In situ observing systems are much more limited due to logistical constraints and cost limitations. The sparseness of in situ data is therefore the largest gap in the overall observing system. INTAROS has assessed strengths and weaknesses of existing observing systems and contributed with innovative solutions to fill some of the critical gaps in the in situ observing network. INTAROS  developed a platform, iAOS, to search for and access data from distributed databases. The evolution into a sustainable Arctic observing system requires coordination, mobilization and cooperation between the existing European and international infrastructures (in-situ and remote including space-based). INTAROS included development of community-based observing systems, where local knowledge is merged with scientific data. An integrated Arctic Observation System will enable better-informed decisions and better-documented processes within key sectors (e.g. local communities, shipping, tourism, fishing), in order to strengthen the societal and economic role of the Arctic region and support the EU strategy for the Arctic and related maritime and environmental policies. 

Peer Review Publications

  1. Storheim E, Sagen H, Geyer F. Analysis of signal propagation in the UNDER-ICE experiment. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA). 2021;44(070031).
Project Details
NERSC Principal Investigator: 
Stein Sandven
Project Deputy Leader at NERSC: 
Hanne Sagen
Coordinating Institute: 
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
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