What is the Arctic Observing Summit?

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 provides a platform to address urgent and broadly recognized needs of Arctic observing across all components of the Arctic system, including the human component. It fosters international communication and the widespread coordination of long-term observations aimed at improving understanding and responding to system-scale Arctic change. The AOS is an international forum for optimizing resource allocation through coordination and exchange among all involved or interested in long-term observing activities, while minimizing duplication and gaps. 

The inaugural AOS was held in Vancouver, Canada, on 29 April to 2 May 2013. The second AOS was held in conjunction with the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) in Helsinki, Finland, 5 to 11 April 2014, while the third took place in Fairbanks, USA, 15-18 March 2016, also in conjunction with Arctic Science Summit Week 2016. Most recently, the 2018 Summit was held in Davos, Switzerland, 24-26 June 2018. AOS 2020 will be held in Akureyri, Iceland (March 31- April 2) as part of Arctic Science Summit Week 2020. 

The ISAC International Program Office, who leads the planning of the biennial AOS, is now located at the Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Contact us at the ISAC International Program Office. Thank you for visiting and hope to see you at the upcoming AOS!