Dear Arctic stakeholder,

The Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) is an initiative of the Arctic Council together with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The purpose of SAON is to support and strengthen the development and multinational engagement for sustained and coordinated pan-Arctic observing and data sharing systems that serve societal needs, particularly related to environmental, social, economic and cultural issues

The SAON Board has established an External Review Committee to conduct an external review of SAON. The plan for the review states that the Committee should organise a survey among Arctic stakeholders. The outcomes of the survey will be used to inform the External Review Committee’s deliberations and be part of the report that the External Review Committee delivers to the SAON Board by 1st September 2016. There is more information about the External Review Committee and timelines for the work here.

I am writing to ask for your contribution to the survey.

Please forward this information to people in your network who can help us better understand how SAON has performed in the past and how it should be developed for the future.

The survey has 25 questions and will take 10-15 minutes to fill in. We should kindly ask you to complete the survey by 1st June.

Link to survey:

Текст опроса на русском языке можно найти здесь в формате PDF

Thank you in advance for your help and participation!

Helen Joseph

Chair, SAON External Review Committee

HCJ Consulting, email:

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