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": http://eeas.europa.eu/arctic_region/index_en.htm
IASC Medals are awarded in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the understanding of the Arctic. A maximum of one award is made each year, assuming that there is a nominee of appropriate quality. The award of medals will normally be by the President of IASC during the Arctic Science Summit Week (or exceptionally at another major international meeting) following the ratification of the award.
Nominations for the IASC Medal 2013, which will be awarded at the Arctic Science Summit Week 2013 in Krakow, Poland (13-19 April 2013), can be submitted to the IASC Secretariat until 31 December 2012. A medal nomination form is available on the IASC website at:
For more information please contact the IASC Secretariat.
The SAON Board will hold its second meeting in Potsdam, Germany on 1-2 October 2012.
Meeting documents are found here
Terry Callaghan is Task Lead for the INTERACT SAON Task: "I am highly up-beat by the achievements of INTERACT and in fact have just been selected by the EU as a "success story"