Developing Arctic Observing Systems – the role of Norwegian institutions

INTAROS logoThe Horizon2020 INTAROS project invites to the workshop Developing Arctic Observing Systems – the role of Norwegian institutions in order to assess the status and evolution of the Norwegian contributions to Arctic observing systems. The workshop will focus on the upstream part of the data production chain, addressing platforms, sensors, data collection and data products (data production). The workshop is organized back-to-back with the Svalbard Science Conference 06 – 08 November 2017. The workshop will take place in the Moser Auditorium at the Research Council of Norway on 9th November at 09:00-16:00.

Many Norwegian institutions involved in various aspects of developing Arctic observation systems in many scientific disciplines. The resently published report Norwegian Polar Research - An evaluation commissioned by the Research Council concludes among other that Norwegian polar research is in the world leading class both with respect to quality and thematic coverage. In term of efforts Institute of Marine Research, Norwegian Polar Research Institute and all the larger Universities, including UNIS, are among the major actors in Norwegian polar research. Also SINTEF, Akvaplan-Niva AS and the Nansen Center are among the 10 largest Norwegian Polar research institutions. Extensive infrastructures also collect large amounts of data and information about the Arctic. Also, the Svalbard Integrated Observing System (SIOS) is a major effort to develop such system with focus on the Svalbard region.

The EU Integrated Arctic Observing system (INTAROS) project aims to develop Pan-Arctic observing systems based on ongoing efforts by European, North American and Asian countries. The INTAROS project has 49 partner institutions from 20 countries, which all have existing roles or programs in the Arctic. INTAROS is therefore working in close collaboration with other international and national initiatives to develop and implement long-term observing systems in the Arctic, including Arctic Data Committee and Committee on Observations and Networks under Sustaining Arctic Observing Network (SAON).

The workshop Developing Arctic Observing Systems – the role of Norwegian institutions will be addressing questions related to observations in the Arctic:

  1. What are the most important observation systems in the Arctic where Norwegian institutions play an active role?  Observation systems covering different scientific disciplines should be addressed, both the spaceborne and the in situ components.
  2. The satellite component of the Arctic observation systems is now developing rapidly under the European Copernicus programme, while the in situ component is lagging behind and mainly a national responsibility. How can we improve the in situ component, which is needed to observe variable that cannot be obtained from satellite data?
  3. A large part of the Arctic observations are provided by time-limited research activities/projects, while only minor parts are collected through operational or semi-operational monitoring systems.  How can more of the research-based data collection become long-term, sustainable observations?
  4. Strengthen collaboration between the Norwegian institutions, including establishment of a network or forum that can address cross-disciplinary challenges and engage stakeholder institutions. Who are the actors needed to be involved?

The INTAROS project is also conducting a survey of selected observing systems for atmosphere, ocean and seafloor, sea ice, marine ecosystem, glaciology, other terrestrial themes, as well as natural hazards and community-based monitoring. The survey will give a state-of-the-art description of data production, maturity, robustness and sustainability of the observing systems. Norwegian institutions are welcome to participate in the survey, which will go on until the spring of 2018. Please contact INTAROS project coordinator prof. Stein Sandven.

The downstream Arctic observing activities related to data dissemination, exploitation and distribution through networks (data dissemination) will be the focus of follow-up workshops in 2018.

Registration for the workshop Developing Arctic Observing Systems – the role of Norwegian institutions can be done here.

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