The workshop will be held on the afternoon of Thursday March 18 and the morning of March 19 at the Miami Convention Center.
The workshop will begin with a set of plenary talks to set the stage for the workshop and focus on examples of successful international collaborations that might serve as examples for SAON to consider.
Plenary speakers as of December 4:
- David Hik – History and organization of SAON and objectives of the workshop
- John Calder – Review of key statements from previous SAON workshops
- Barbara Clark – the European EIONET as a an example of a multi-national observing activity
- Terry Callaghan – SCANNET, a circum-Arctic, multi-national observing network for terrestrial observations
- Lars-Otto Reiersen – Examples of pan-Arctic data integration for AMAP's scientific assessments
- Paul Egerton – The EU PolarCLIMATE call for proposals, an example of multinational funding to support a common set of objectives
- Louis Fortier – ArcticNet, a Canadian network of experts that partners with international opportunities and with industry and Inuit organizations.
- Alexander Frolov – JCOMM: Elaboration of Integrated Marine Observing, Data Management and Services System
Following the plenary talks, there will be two sets of breakout groups.
BREAK-OUT GROUP SET ONE
Four groups will be organized to focus on observations required for:
- Human health and well-being and economic development;
- Oceans and marine resources;
- Land surface, land use, and terrestrial resource management; and
- Climate, weather, and extreme events.
If a given agency has strong interests in more than one, hopefully there are enough attendees from that agency to join all relevant groups. Each breakout group will be chaired by a member of the SAON SG or invited expert. Topics to be considered by each breakout group are: (We might prearrange to have certain agencies offer to initiate the discussion on each topic.)
- Agency experiences with effective international collaboration
- Agency experiences with data management, including building data sets across agencies and across borders
- Agency experiences in supporting international observing networks
- Agency perspectives on potential value of increased partnering, data sharing, and integrated product preparation
Agency participants will be asked to prepare in advance of the meeting a brief statement dealing with these points that can be shared during the meeting.
BREAK-OUT GROUP SET TWO
Two groups will be organized by "granting" agencies and "operating agencies" (that may also contain a granting function). Each breakout group will be chaired by a member of the SAON Steering Group or invited expert. Topics to be considered by each breakout group are: (We might prearrange to have certain agencies initiate the discussion on each topic.)
- Agency perspectives on feasible approaches for improving cross-border partnering regarding observational activities
- Agency perspectives on developing Arctic-wide data sets
- Agency views on near-term opportunities for partnering to improve sustainability of Arctic observing
- Agency views on the longer term approach
For clarification or additional information, please contact the co-chairs of the SAON Steering Group John Calder or David Hik
or Odd Rogne at the SAON Secretariat
This SAON Agency Officials Meeting is held as a side meeting at the State of the Arctic Conference. Registration information can be found in theState of the Arctic - SAON Side Meeting webpage