The development of a structure for improved international coordination of Arctic oceanography, such as an Arctic GOOS (Global Ocean Observing System) Regional Alliance (GRA), has been recommended in various fora in recent years, including during the development of the Arctic Action Plan for the UN Ocean Decade and at various editions of the Arctic Observing Summit (most recently in 2022).

A Task Team has been formed under the SAON Board to design and lead a process that results in an Arctic GRA or similar structured organisation being realised.

More information about the Task Team and the Terms of Reference for this is found here.

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