Networks URL Lead Status
1  IPA workshop on data user requirements definition for permafrost observing GTN-P  Karina Schollän Ongoing
3  Circumpolar Health Observatory  Kue Young, University of Toronto, Canada Ongoing
4  Role of Remote Sensing in Arctic Monitoring     Closed
5  The Canadian IPY Data Assembly Centre Network: A Case Study    Scott Tomlinson, Canada Ongoing
6  Establishing an Arctic network on environmental monitoring of hazardous substances     Closed
13  Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan (CAFF/CBMP)  Tom Christensen (Denmark), Tom Payne (USA) Ongoing
SCANNET is a network of Arctic (terrestrial) observatories, stations and sites. INTERACT is a (time-limited) observing and research program at these stations.  Terry Callaghan, Abisko, Sweden Ongoing
18  International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA): Planning, Partnering and Implementation  Sandy Starkweather Ongoing
19  A Research Coordination Network for Very Interdisciplinary Arctic Data and Information     Closed
21  Arctic Biodiversity Coalition (ABC)    Terry V. Callaghan, Coordinator, INTERACT Under development
22  Sharing & integrating environmental information to support a coherent Arctic knowledge and evidence base: A European contribution to support the development of relevant Arctic assessments and indicators    Nikolaj Bock Under development
23  Distributed Biological Observatory  Jackie Grebmeier Ongoing
24  Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS)

 Jon Børre Ørbæk Ongoing
25  Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX)  Hanna Lappalainen Ongoing


  Projects URL Lead Status
2 Polar Metadata Profile and Recommended Vocabularies    John Huck Ongoing
7 Polar data and information management principles and practice (workshop)    Simon Wilson, AMAP Secretariat Ongoing
8 Coordination of existing Arctic relevant Meta-databases and Project Directories    Jan René Larsen, AMAP Secretariat Ongoing
9 An International Review of Community-Based Monitoring in the Context of Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks Process (Canada and ICC)    Noor Johnson, USA, Eva Kruemmel, ICC, Canada Ongoing
10 Development of Community-Based Monitoring Classification to Improve Standardization of Vocabularies    Victoria Gofman, Collaborative Research and Consulting, USA Ongoing
11 PEOPLE – ACE    Stephen L. Spehn, USA Ongoing
12 Arctic Observing Summit

14 Arctic Ocean Structure (IPY)    Gleb Panteleev, IARC, Univ. of Alaska Completed
15 Expand Historical Climate Analysis to the Pacific Sector of the Arctic    James E. Overland, NOAA, USA Ongoing
16 CBM Inventory (CAFF)    Tom Barry, CAFF Secretariat Ongoing
20 Contribution to the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) through the WMO Rolling Review of Requirements    WMO Ongoing


  Programs URL Lead Status
26 Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)

 Lars-Otto Reiersen, AMAP Secretariat Ongoing
27 International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)  Volker Rachold, IASC Secretariat Ongoing
28 World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)  Etienne Carpentier, WMO Ongoing



International Permafrost Organization

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)


World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

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Chairs of SAON Board

Chair: Sandy Starkweather, NOAA Climate Program Office | US Arctic Observing Network (US AON),
Vice-chair: Mikko Strahlendorff, Finland Meteorological Institute (FMI),


Chairs of SAON Committees

Peter L. Pulsifer (Arctic Data Committee), 
Lisa Loseto (Committee on Observations and Networks), 


SAON Secretariat

Jan René Larsen, 

The SAON Board established two Committees in 2014. 

The Committee on Observations and Networks (CON) should give advice to the SAON Board on how to fund, coordinate and expand the scope of arctic observational activities and address the questions of how to ensure sustainability of observational platforms in the Arctic and how easier access to them can be achieved. It should also ensure the promotion of community-based monitoring within SAON and work on best practices for the utilization of traditional knowledge within Arctic observing activities.

The SAON Vision is that users should have access to free, open and high quality data that will realize pan-Arctic and global value-added services and provide societal benefits. The Arctic Data Committee (ADC) should give advice to the SAON Board on how to meet this vision from the point of view of information and data services, keeping in mind the IASC Statement of Principles and Practices for Arctic Data Management. When the work involves traditional and local knowledge of Arctic Communities, particular consideration has to be given to sharing practices for sensitive information.

The Terms of Reference for the Committees are under revision.

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