The Arctic Observing Summit 2013 (AOS 2013) is the first in a planned series of high-level, biennial international observing summits. The AOS is led by the International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC) and is a task of the Arctic Council’s Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON), led by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and it is part of the broader SAON implementation process. The AOS provides a platform to address the needs of arctic and fosters international communication and coordination of long-term observations for improving understanding and responding to system-scale arctic change.

The AOS 2013 will be held on 30 April – 2 May 2013 at the Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, Canada. The key outcome of the AOS will be an assessment of the fit between stakeholder-needs, science objectives and observing networks and a variety of products to improve this. The foundation for the AOS is community input. To capture and integrate input from a broad range of participants the AOS includes preparation, in advance, of community white papers, which are available for public comment. This is a reminder that the deadline for the submission of white papers is on 28 February 2013. Additionally, the call for poster presentations is now open. The deadline for poster submission is 8 April 2013. Additionally, an online survey has been created for wide input.

Transnational Access call to INTERACT Boreal Stations for summer 2013 and winter 2013/2014 is open 1-28 February at

The SAON Board will hold its third meeting 29 April 2013, in Vancouver, Canada.

The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) announces a call for applications from high school students interested in participating in field research in Greenland.

More information, including the application, is available at:

The Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) is a high-level, biennial summit that aims to provide community-driven, science-based guidance for the design, implementation, coordination and sustained long-term (decades) operation of an international network of arctic observing systems. The AOS will provide a platform to address urgent and broadly recognized needs of arctic observing across all components of the arctic system, including the human component. It will foster international communication and coordination of long-term observations aimed at improving understanding and responding to system-scale arctic change. The AOS will be an international forum for optimizing resource allocation through coordination and exchange among researchers, funding agencies, and others involved or interested in long-term observing activities, while minimizing duplication and gaps. The AOS is a contribution to the Sustaining Arctic Observing Network (SAON) initiative.

SAON is a component in "Developing a European Union Policy towards the Arctic Region":

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