AOS 2020 Working Groups

Five working groups were created based on the themes of AOS 2020. The AOS Executive Organizing Committee is working with experts from diverse sectors to develop these themes so that important advancements, gaps, and opportunities can be discussed at the Summit. Please click the agenda tab to see when each working group meets.

Working Group 1

Design, Optimization and Implementation of the Observing System

Leads: Alice Bradley, Hajo Eicken and Roberta Pirazzini

The working group will review, discuss and develop recommendations on:

  • Review of relevant initiatives and tools aimed at cataloging and assessing various existing observing system components (in situ, satellite, and associated model and prediction systems). Relevant observatories include big national/international programs, single-institution long-term monitoring projects, community-based monitoring as well as individual/small team observing campaigns.
  • Drawing on findings from the above to identify the value and role of the various observing activities in the context of an overarching observing system, and to chart paths towards integration of such system components.
  • Identifying criteria for observing system optimization.
  • Contributing to the SAON Roadmap for Arctic Observing, a document to help the muster resources and channel activities in support of an integrated Arctic observing system.

Participants: The working group seeks input from researchers, community members, operational observing organizations, and engineers involved with observing systems at all scales, and the private sector.

For detailed information about Working Group 1 sessions during AOS 2020, review this agenda.

Working Group 2

Observing in Support of Adaptation and Mitigation

Lead: Maribeth Murray

This working group will focus on environmental issues and the role of observing in developing economically viable options for the Arctic that lead to policy development and the implementation of actions in support of adaptation and mitigation.

Group members will review, discuss and develop recommendations on:

  • Key aspects related to the successful use of observing technologies to improve or facilitate decision support, risk management, adaptation initiatives and mitigation strategies.
  • Observing needs to be filled quickly or expanded to support scaling up of strategies for adaptation and mitigation during the next decade.
  • Leveraging global initiatives to support adaptation and mitigation in the Arctic.

Participants: This working group encourages input from community groups, researchers, operational agencies and entities charged with the development and implementation of adaptation, management and mitigation strategies, the private sector, policy makers and Arctic Council working groups among others.

For detailed information about Working Group 2 sessions during AOS 2020, review this agenda.

WG2 Synthesis Working Document- March 31 draft.

Working Group 3

Observing in Support of Indigenous Food Security and Related Needs

Leads: Raychelle Daniel and Gunn-Britt Retter

Address approaches and priorities to increase the efficiency, reach and impact of observations in support of Indigenous food security and related needs.

Participants: The working group seeks input from experts who will work towards the formulation of actionable recommendations and chart a path for observing activities that facilitate the implementation of proposals related to an increased understanding of Indigenous food security.

For detailed information about Working Group 3 sessions during AOS 2020, review this agenda. Review the presentations (Burk, Heeringa, Behe) and background materials (Alaskan Inuit food security conceptual framework, visuals for breakout session) for the WG3 session on March 30 at 6 pm.

WG3 Synthesis Working Document- March 30 draft.

Review Working Group 3's final summary: key themes to food security.

Working Group 4

Data Interoperability and Federated Search

Lead: Peter Pulsifer

Video: Introduction to WG4

Draw on synergies with SAON Arctic Data Committee and Polar Data Forum to ensure that overarching observing framework emphasizes data integrity spanning collection and management over time to different data users, including science, community management activities, policy development, and decision-making at all scales.

For detailed information about Working Group 4 sessions during AOS 2020, read this message from the organizers. Review presentations (Intro to the AOS WG4).

Working Group 5

Arctic Observations in the context of Global Observing Initiatives

Leads: Thorsteinn Gunnarsson, Jan Rene Larsen and Peter Schlosser

The Working Group will discuss and create an overview of the relevance of Arctic observing for global actions.

The group will discuss and formulate recommendation on the basis of these questions:

  1. Which existing and upcoming Arctic observing initiatives have global relevance and importance?
  2. How to bring Arctic observing to the global action level?
  3. Who is the target of this: Arctic Council (and their member countries), European Commission, UN?
  4. How to connect arctic observing with, for instance, the Paris agreement. Are there any model countries?
  5. How to involve non-Arctic countries. What are their motivations for engagement?
  6. What are the obstacles? And what could or should be done to remove or resolve these?

Participants: Representatives from global and regional organizations, including Arctic Council Working Groups, European Commission, GEO, Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) and WMO. Representatives from MOSAIC and T-MOSAIC.

For detailed information about Working Group 5 sessions during AOS 2020, review this agenda.

The International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC) ● ISAC International Program Office ●
Arctic Institute of North America ● AOS Secretariat: International Arctic Research Center