Documents for Potsdam meeting 17th July:

For more information on the deliberations behind the agenda, you may want to review the meeting notes from the SAON Executive Committee teleconference 24th June

SAON collaborates closely with its partners and other prominent Arctic and international organisations as well as with the Arctic Council Permanent Participants to find synergies and joint activities to avoid overlapping efforts. The collaboration includes, but is not limited to:

  • Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)
  • Arctic Challenge for Sustainability Project (ArCS)
  • Arctic Portal
  • Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna and The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CAFF/CBMP)
  • EU-PolarNet
  • EuroGOOS
  • European Union (EU) (European Commission (EC))
  • European Polar Board (EPB)
  • European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and GEO Cold Regions Initiative (GEOCRI)
  • International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA)
  • International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC)
  • Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC)
  • Integrated Arctic Observation System (INTAROS)
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
  • International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT)
  • Pacific Arctic Group (PAG)
  • Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC)
  • PolarView
  • Saami Council (SC)
  • Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS)
  • US Arctic Observing Network (US AON)
  • University of the Arctic (UArctic)
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

The current SAON Strategy 2018-2028 was approved by the SAON Board 16th May 2018.

This Strategy is implemented by the SAON Board and the SAON Committees as described in the SAON Implementation document. The current approved version is from 17th July 2018.

The Implementation document provides detailed information about how SAON will achieve its objectives, including description of timelines, cooperation with external organisation, and resource/funding requirements. The SAON Implementation is a living document that the SAON Board, Committees, and partners will update on a continuous basis

“SAON’s purpose is to support and strengthen the development of 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. SAON promotes the vision of well-defined observing networks that enable users to have access to free, open and high quality data that will realize pan-Arctic and global value-added services and provide societal benefits. Its goal is to enhance Arctic-wide observing activities by facilitating partnerships and synergies among existing observing and data networks (“building blocks”), and promoting sharing and synthesis of data and information. SAON also is committed to facilitating the inclusion of Arctic indigenous people in observing activities, in particular by promoting community-based monitoring (CBM) efforts.”

The SAON Committee on Observations and Networks (CON) maintain inventories covering Arctic observational networks, platforms, programs, and projects.

- CON has contributed to the EU-PolarNet deliverable: Inventory of polar observational/monitoring and modelling programmes. A description of the deliverable is found here.

- The SAON inventoriy on Arctic observational programs is found here (under development).

- The SAON inventoriy on Arctic observational networks is found here (under development).

- National SAON reports have been digitised and are available here

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