Inaugural Open House: Monday October 22

The Icelandic Centre for Research and the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) host the inauguration of the China-Iceland Joint Aurora Observatory on October 22 in Kárhóll, North Iceland.

The unique location of Kárhóll allows for polar upper atmosphere observations of auroras, geomagnetic field variations and other phenomena to provide data critical to understanding solar-terrestrial interactions and space weather. Work conducted at the observatory will strengthen scientific understanding of space and the universe.

• Hallgrímur Jónasson, Director of the Icelandic Centre for Research
• Huigen Yang, Director-General of the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC)
• H.E. Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Education, Science and Culture, Iceland
• Ambassador Jin Zhijian, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Iceland
• Larry Hinzman, President of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
• H.E. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman Arctic Circle, President of Iceland 1996-2016



The seminar i hosted by the Saint-Petersburg State University and the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) in Saint-Petersburg 

For more information, contact Nadezhda Kharlampieva () or visit




The Arctic Observing Summit (AOS), the European Commission and SAON are the hosts for a side meeting 24th October at the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial in Berlin: Towards a roadmap for coordinated Arctic Observing.

The side meeting is a follow up to the Arctic Observing Summit held in June 2018. The theme for the AOS was Business Case for a Pan-Arctic Observing System.

The first part of the session will demonstrate the value of Arctic observations, linking these to relevant Societal Benefit Areas. The second part will show how Arctic long-term observing systems are linked to and support decision-making from local to global scales. In the summing up panel, calls to action to the Arctic Science Ministerial will be formulated.

Presentations from the meeting are found here.


The first part of this meeting (from the afternoon of Nov. 5th to the morning of Nov. 6th) is focused on business issue.  The second part of the meeting (from the afternoon of Nov. 6th to the afternoon of Nov. 7th) will be a science workshop focused on results and future plans for PAG joint research activities, including the Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO), Pacific Arctic Climate and Environment Observatory (PACEO), and Central Arctic Ocean (CAO) topics.

More information: Takashi KIKUCHI ()

Time and place: 2 – 7 December 2018 at UNIS, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

The research school is organised by the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center under the project Useful Arctic Knowledge: partnership for research and education (UAK) funded by the INTPART programme 2018-2020. INTPART (International partnerships for excellent education,research and innovation) is funded by the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education. The project, which includes partners from Norway, USA and Canada, brings together leading researchers, educators and young scientists working on Arctic science topics described below. These include natural and human-made hazards, ocean acoustics, community-based monitoring and cross-disciplinary data management. The research school is also a contribution to the education and training activities in the H2020 project INTAROS – Integrated Arctic Observation System (, and

More information is available here.


Subject: Save the date: Arctic Observing Summit - Implementation & Optimization Working Group - pre-AGU meeting Dec 9, 1-5pm

Dear colleagues,

this is to let you know that we have scheduled a working meeting of the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) Working Group 2 - Observing System Implementation & Optimization on the Sunday prior to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. Here’s the key information on time & location - more details will follow in November. 

Please RSVP if you are planning to attend so we get a good idea of the total number of participants.

Arctic Observing Summit Working Group 2 - Observing System Implementation and Optimization Working Meeting

Sunday, December 9, 1.00-5.00pm 

Arctic Research Consortium of US
1201 New York Avenue NW, 4th Floor
Washington DC 20005


Here’s a rough, tentative outline of the meeting, but if there are specific items you would like to see addressed, please let us know:

- AOS WG 2 - Review/completion of observing system assessment case studies and resulting products

- Outbrief and follow-up from Arctic Science Ministerial, including side meeting "Towards a roadmap for coordinated Arctic Observing”

- AOS WG 2 and SAON Committee on Observations and Networks: Next steps in working towards action items identified at AOS 2018 and ASM2

Dial-in is possible: +1-866-832-7806. Participant code: 9332083


With best regards,

Hajo & Sandy.


Hajo Eicken
Director - International Arctic Research Center
Professor of Geophysics - Department of Geosciences
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Mailing Address:
POB 757340
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7340
Phone: (907) 474-7280
Skype ID: hajoeicken



Sandy Starkweather, PhD NOAA Climate Program Office Executive Director | US Arctic Observing Network (US AON)Boulder, CO303.497.5247See NOAA's Arctic Work | ( 

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