The headings are:

  • News from the Committees
  • Development of an International Arctic Observations Assessment Framework
  • Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting - US Arctic Observing Network Office
  • External review of SAON
  • SAON Board meeting in Prague

The newsletter is available here.

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) Foundation Board seeks a full-time Executive Secretary of the AMAP Secretariat. The AMAP Secretariat, established for more than 25 years, supports the work of the AMAP Working Group, one of six Working Groups of the Arctic Council. The position is to be located in Tromsø, Norway.


SIOS will enter its operational phase in late autumn this year. In this context SIOS is seeking an experienced, creative and executive person to lead the continued development of SIOS as the director.

The position is located at the Knowledge Centre in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Deadline for application is 1 September 2017.

Apply online at


One of the main themes at the 2016 Arctic Science Ministerial was Strengthening and Integrating Arctic Observations and Data Sharing. The ministers committed to the “shared development of a science-driven, integrated Arctic-observing system” and saw “a critical role for the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) initiative”. 

As a response to this, the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) and SAON published the International Arctic Observations Assessment Framework, defining 12 Social Benefit Areas (SBAs) that rely on Arctic observations:

  1. Disaster Preparedness
  2. Environmental Quality
  3. Food Security
  4. Fundamental Understanding of Arctic Systems
  5. Human Health
  6. Infrastructure and Operations
  7. Marine and Coastal Ecosystems and Processes
  8. Natural Resources
  9. Resilient Communities
  10. Sociocultural Services
  11. Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems and Processes
  12. Weather and Climate

“The Arctic is a particularly important location to understand and conduct observations“, says the chair of SAON, Christine Daae Olseng: “This work can form the basis for prioritizing future observational efforts”

The Framework was developed in January 2017 as STPI and SAON co-hosted a workshop, convening experts from international, state, and local governments; industry; academia; and non-governmental organizations to review and revise a framework for assessing the societal benefits derived from Arctic observations. The methodology involved a review of international Arctic strategies for common objectives that rely on Earth observations. The resulting international Arctic Observations Assessment Framework will provide the foundation and justification for future international efforts to assess the value of Arctic observations and to structure a pan-Arctic observing system.

The report is available here

The Arctic 100 Expedition is an international expedition in Arctic waters on board a Finnish icebreaker: Invitation

During its Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, Finland will propose that the Arctic Council includes both meteorological and oceanographic observations as one of the scopes in its working groups.

Objective: Provide a synopsis of the results (the shortcomings and needs of Arctic observation activities as well as the added value of intensified observations) from currently ongoing activities and bring this up for discussion within the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). The main sources of information are the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON), the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme’s integrated Arctic observation system (INTAROS) and the WMO’s Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP).


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