The International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) are seeking your input. We invite you to participate in a survey on ‘Permafrost Research Priorities’, which aims at identifying the top priorities in permafrost research. The process will span much of 2014 engaging the research community and will result in a short publication listing and putting into context research priorities. The document shall become the benchmark against which permafrost research should be gauged starting in 2015. The final document of priorities will be sent to national and international funding agencies, international organizations, policy makers, and others with interests in supporting permafrost research. It will form one of the outputs of the International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III).

We are interested in collecting forward-looking research questions (max. 3) from individuals with professional interests in understanding physical, biogeochemical, ecological, and social processes that affect permafrost areas in the Arctic, the Antarctic and in mountain regions.

Thank you to all that contributed to the first phase of the Arctic Observing Assessment. In recent weeks, a first round of anonymous input about societal priorities in the Arctic was received by phone, e-mail, and the web. These responses were wide-ranging.  A draft attempt has been made to group these responses into categories that would serve as the basis for the next steps of the Assessment.

At this time, 11 categories have been identified and made public in an online survey.  Your input is again welcomed for the next step of the Arctic Observing Assessment for the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) and the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON). Please visit to review these categories and their descriptions and provide feedback about missing categories or edits to category descriptions.

Input is requested by August 8, 2014.

Your input is needed to help identify Societally Significant Information and Products (SSIPs) to assess the capacity of observational networks in the Arctic.

The Arctic Observing Assessment (AOA) is being conducted to support the U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) and the international Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) objectives for observing coordination and data interoperability. Details about the assessment, its relationship to IARPC and SAON, including FAQ’s, are available on the ArcticHub ( under the Arctic Observing Assessment header. In this first step of the assessment, we are building a list of Arctic societal priorities that will help scope the effort.

There are two methods for submitting Arctic societal priorities to this effort – via an anonymous online web form ( or via e-mail . Online and e-mail submissions will be compiled into one list. Additional priorities will be sourced from available Arctic vision, strategy, and priority documents and reports. Examples of Arctic priorities that have been drawn from documents and could scope this effort include food security, freshwater security, and coastal vulnerability.

A full list will be circulated via the ArcticHub.  The deadline for input via the form and e-mail is July 11, 2014. We encourage you to distribute and share this message widely to make this opportunity for input known to all.

There will be future opportunities to provide input into next stages of this assessment. Please visit the ArcticHub ( for updates.

The World Data System (WDS) and Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), interdisciplinary bodies of the International Council of Science (ICSU), will be convening the International Conference on Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability (SciDataCon 2014) in New Delhi from 2-5 November 2014 (

On behalf of the Belmont Forum, we invite you to a researcher matching webinar with the World Ocean Council on Friday, May 16th at 10am ET. Webex details, including a link to international dialing options, are below.

The World Ocean Council brings together a diverse ocean business community to engage in science targeted towards responsible stewardship of shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, and renewable energy, among others. It also represents a coalition of industry involved in maritime law and insurance for effective ocean policy and planning.

The World Ocean Council is a partner in the Belmont Forum Call for Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability ( The call requires natural scientists, social scientists, and end users on each proposal and strongly encourages private sector participation, both as partners and as partial co-funding sources. Paul Holthus, CEO of the World Ocean Council, and a panelist of industry experts, will be hosting a webinar to help connect academics and end users with the range of ocean industry partners that the World Ocean Council represents.

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