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:

Текст опроса на русском языке можно найти здесь в формате PDF

Thank you in advance for your help and participation!

Helen Joseph

Chair, SAON External Review Committee

HCJ Consulting, email:

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. 

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Application deadline: May 29, 2016

For questions about the application process, write to . To learn more about past programs, visit
We look forward to receiving your application.

The Arctic Summer College Team 

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International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)

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The review of the SAON task on Community-based monitoring and Indigenous knowledge in a Changing Arctic has now been finalised:


Dear PAG members, friends and associates,

I am pleased to share with you the final version of the 2016 PAG spring meeting minutes at Fairbanks, Alaska.

On behalf of PAG Chair, Sung-Ho Kang, I’d like to extend sincere thanks to all meeting presenters and participants for making the meeting a great success.

Along with the meeting attached, the presentation slides from the meeting are all  available on the PAG website:

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime.

We will be in touch with you in the coming months about the next Fall meeting in Tsingtao.

All the very best,

PAG Chair

Sung Ho Kang


Division of Polar Ocean Environment

Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI)

26 Songdomirae-ro Yeonsu-Gu, 21990 Incheon, Korea

Office +82-32-760-5332

Mobile +82-10-4142-8839<>

PAG Secretary

Somang Chung

Somang Chung

Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI)

Arctic Research Center

Tel: +82-32-760-5612




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