The Social and Human Working group of the International Arctic Science Committee is sponsoring the participation of early career scientists or traditional indigenous knowledge holders in a multi-disciplinary workshop at the 2017 Arctic Science Summit Week in Prague with three travels grants. The workshop, "Meaningful multi-disciplinarily and the governance of evolving global dynamics in the Arctic", explores new ways to define and respond to challenges and opportunities in global, regional, and local governance, as intersections between science, technology, and different societies in the Arctic increase. The sum of each grant is 650€. The deadline for applications is November 27th 2016. The 2017 Arctic Science Summit Week will take place in Prague March 31 - April 7.

Further information about the workshop, eligibility, and applying is available in the attached document.

*** The general call for abstract submissions for the session (24. Meaningful multi-disciplinarity and the governance of evolving global dynamics in the Arctic: Towardsa more materialistic study of world politics) the workshop is part of is now also open at: http://www.assw2017.eu/session-list.htm) ***

Inventories of Arctic observational networks and programs are now available 

The White House Arctic Science Ministerial was held 28 September 2016, Washington, DC, USA.

The joint statement mentions SAON as a critical contributor to 'Strengthening and Integrating Arctic Observations and Data Sharing': https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/28/joint-statement-ministers

The associated Fact Sheet informs that the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will open a U.S. SAON Office : "It will foster interagency and international collaboration in the development of Arctic observing and data systems, as well as the delivery of higher-level data and information to the scientific community and policymakers": https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/28/fact-sheet-united-states-hosts-first-ever-arctic-science-ministerial

In the same Fact Sheet two initatives are mentioned as having been established in support of SAON:
- “EyesNorth,” a U.S. National Science Foundation research-coordination network of community-based observing initiatives in the Arctic and beyond. It involves scientists and northern residents in Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden, the United States, and elsewhere.
- Norway is establishing SIOS (Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System), a research infrastructure coordination organization of 26 partners from Europe and Asia.

In accordance with the 2011 Terms of Reference of the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON), the SAON Board convened an External Review Committee in 2016 to review the first five years of SAON’s accomplishments and make recommendations for future directions.

The Review Committee, consisting of five members representing countries around the Arctic as well as diverse expertise, met over a five-month period to conduct the Review. The Committee’s findings and recommendations are detailed in their report. Based on these, the Committee concluded that SAON was valued by the Arctic observing community, but had yet to reach its full potential. With refinements to its Vision, Mission and Goals, improvements to its Organizational Structure, a new focus on funding and sustainability, and increased outreach and communication efforts, SAON should be able to make great strides in the next five years to enhance pan-Arctic observing networks to meet the needs of Arctic peoples.

The SAON External Review Committee:
- Helen Joseph (Chair): HCJ Consulting, retired Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Yuji Kodama: Executive Director, Office of Japan Consortium for Arctic Environmental Research, National Institute of Polar Research
- Molly McCammon: Executive Director, Alaska Ocean Observing System, U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System
- Gunn-Britt Retter: Head of Arctic and Environmental Unit, Saami Council
- Mikhail Tretiakov, Head of Hydrology and Water Recourses Department, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (Russia)

Support:
- Justiina Dahl: External Data Analyst, Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)
- Jan Rene Larsen: SAON Secretariat Support

Special thanks to:
- Nadezhda Kharlampieva: Associate Professor of Saint-Petersburg State University, Senior Researcher of Hydrology and Water Resources Department, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (Russia)
- Kseniia Iartceva, Arctic Council Secretariat 

The full report is available here. An executive summary is available here.

 

 

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