The Arctic Observing Summit 2013 is still open for participation.
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.
The AOS 2013 primarily is a forum for exchange and discussion of information critical to building and sustaining an integrated, multi-domain observing system of pan-Arctic scale.
The key topics are introduced by presentations but the emphasis of the AOS is first and foremost on discussion and interaction between participants, with the goal of reaching consensus and drafting agreements and plans for specific actions that foster coordination of observing activities and help implement coordinated collaborative networking of arctic observing system efforts.
The format of the AOS does not follow that of a conventional conference or symposium where the emphasis is on the presentation of scientific results. White papers submitted and discussed prior to the summit will inform discussion and form the basis for concluding statements and papers that support summit goals.
More information about the Summit is available here.