The Arctic Data Committee has responded to a Request For Information from the Open Geospatial Consortium on an Arctic Spatial Data Pilot Project, and the response has been well received. The first phase report of this project has now been released and can be downloaded here:
The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) has developed the Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS) as the data management framework for data from CBMP and other CAFF initiatives
As part of this work to help increase visibility of and access to data CAFF has partnered with the Global Biodiversity Information facility (GBIF) and UNESCOs Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)
Some of the first datasets from the ABDS are now being harvesting by GBIF and OBIS who are making these data discoverable and accessible via their systems
One of the first datasets to be made available in this manner is the Arctic Species Trend Index (ASTI) developed by the CBMP. This index tracks trends in over 300 Arctic vertebrate species and comprises the Arctic component of the Living Planet Index.
The ASTI datasets can be found on the following links:
Further CAFF datasets are being made available for harvest by GBIF and OBIS and can be found here
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VX9XVVS
Thank you in advance for your help and participation!
Chair, SAON External Review Committee
Apply now for the 2016 Arctic Summer College!
Ecologic Institute US and Ecologic Institute Berlin are now accepting applications until May 29, 2016, from motivated students and professionals passionate about the people and the environment of the Arctic.
Through this one-of-a-kind 8-week virtual campus, participants from around the world learn about contemporary issues affecting the Arctic and engage in discussions with experts, exchanging views and creating a lively learning environment. The curriculum focuses on climate change adaptation, natural resource management, biodiversity protection, environmental governance, energy policy, security, and human health.
The College provides opportunities to develop academic skills, broaden professional and academic networks, and engage with policy and thought leaders working every day on the critical issues facing the Arctic.
This year, we are offering two tracks to choose from: Arctic Summer College for Students and Arctic Summer College for Professionals, each tailored to best benefit the participants.
Both programs offer:
To learn more about each track and begin your application, follow the link below to your preferred program.
Application for Arctic Summer College for Students:
Application for Arctic Summer College for Professionals:
Application deadline: May 29, 2016
For questions about the application process, write to . To learn more about past programs, visit http://arcticsummercollege.org.
We look forward to receiving your application.
The Arctic Summer College Team
International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
Telegrafenberg A43, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
The review of the SAON task on Community-based monitoring and Indigenous knowledge in a Changing Arctic has now been finalised: http://www.inuitcircumpolar.com/uploads/3/0/5/4/30542564/cbm_final_report.pdf