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The theme of this meeting is The Business Case for a pan-Arctic Observing System and will focus on the sub-themes of The Need for the Observing System, Implementing and Optimizing a Pan-Arctic Observing System, and Operating Observing Systems and Networks.

The AOS is a high-level biennial summit that aims to provide community-driven guidance for the design, implementation, coordination and sustained operation of an international network of Arctic observing systems. The AOS provides a platform to address urgent and broadly recognized needs of Arctic observing across all components of the Arctic system. It fosters international communication on and coordination of long-term observations aimed at improving understanding of and response and adaptation to system-scale Arctic change. It is an international forum for optimizing resource allocation through coordination of and exchange among researchers, Indigenous organizations, the public, private and not-for profit sectors and all others involved or interested in the Arctic. The AOS is a contribution to the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) initiative.

This is the 4th Summit since inception in 2013. The AOS brings together a diverse community to continue to progress on the development, implementation and sustained support of a multi-purpose Arctic Observing System of Systems.

For more information about the conference, go to: Arctic Observing Summit 2018 homepage