SOOS Update is a quarterly newsletter that provides updates on recent SOOS activities and products:

On September 28, 2016, science ministers will gather in Washington, DC, for the White House Arctic Science Ministerial:

The SAON Board has submitted this contribution to the Ministerial.



Dear Colleagues,

Enclosed please find the first circular of the Arctic Science Summit Week 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic, including a reminder that session proposals can be submitted until 30 June 2016.

Best wishes,

IASC Secretariat

Ursula Heidbach

International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)

Telegrafenberg A43, 14473 Potsdam, Germany

Secretariat +49-331-2882214

Direct +49-331-2882213

Fax +49-331-2882215

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


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