The project Arctic PASSION has started

The key motivation behind Arctic PASSION is the co-creation and implementation of a coherent, integrated Arctic observing system: the ‘Pan-Arctic Observing System of Systems - pan-AOSS’. It aims to overcome known flaws in the present observing system by refining its operability, improving, and extending pan-Arctic scientific and community-based monitoring and the integration with Indigenous and Local knowledge, by streamlining the access and interoperability of Arctic Data systems and services, and by ensuring the economic viability and sustainability of the observing system for years to come:


The Polar Observing Assets Working Group has started

The Polar Observing Assets working group (POAwg) facilitates the discovery and interoperability of information about research and monitoring assets in polar regions: sites, transects, observatories, projects, and networks or systems.


  • make asset information more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable
  • promote best practices for interoperability “beyond the dataset level”
  • help span a spectrum across science planning, data management, and disciplinary or interdisciplinary science

The POAwg was established in 2020 under the SAON Committee on Observations and Networks (CON) to reduce effort while showcasing and integrating the efforts of multiple system.

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Survey on Polar Data observing assets

The diverse and distributed nature of observing systems in polar regions presents a fundamental challenge for assessment, planning, integration, and synthesis. There is an interest in creating overviews of these systems, since this, among other things, will allow more efficient use of facilities and allow for the understanding of where gaps in observation capacities exist. There is an interest in knowing answers to questions like “Who is going where? When are they going? What will they observe? What observing equipment will they have there? Who is responsible for organizing logistics?”, etc.

The purpose of this survey is to seek to create an overview of existing sources of information on polar observing facilities, systems and activities. This will allow the definition of procedures that can access these sources and compile the information from the various sources.

The survey is circulated to representatives from institutions, countries, initiatives and organizations that have an interest in polar observing, and it will seek to establish whether this information is already being coordinated and what interest there is in (further) developing the coordination of information about observing assets. The preamble of the survey emphazises the relationship with EU-PolarNet, but the we are encouraging all institutions, countries, initiatives and organizations (also outside Europe) to complete the survey. The resulting report will have a wider scope.

It should take no more than 10 min to complete the survey, and we should kindly ask you to do it by 1st August.

Link to survey:


SAON Newsletter Summer 2021 II

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