AOS 2013 White Papers

Community Input, White Papers, Process, and AOS 2013 Themes

The foundation of the AOS 2013 was community input. To capture and integrate input from a broad range of participants, the AOS included the preparation of community-based white papers (see below) and short statements in advance of the Summit. These white papers were intended to capture consensus on Arctic observing needs, arcticulate critical issues facing the design, implementation, and evoloution of an international observing system, and define future directions for it's development, including support, infrastructure, and longevity. The white papers also provided a mechansims through which stakeholders, beyond the 2013 Summit participants could shape the Summit and its outcomes, and guide future Summits. In combination with a Summit questionaire and shorter statements on relevant topics, the white papers focused the work during the Summit, and provided the foundation to develop recommendations, identify gaps and opportunities for the development of the Arctic Observign System of systems (see recommendations and synthesis papers). The Arctic Community, including research groups, funding agencies, Arctic residents, non-governmental organizations, and interested private sector groups were invited to submit papers on the AOS 2013 themes, as well as topics relevant to Arcitc Observing Systems that might not have been captured under the larger thematic areas.

The themes for AOS 2013 were: 

    • Status of the current observing system (goals, objectives, capabilities, challenges and sustainability) 
    • Observing system design and coordination (including integration of components and implementation) 
    • Stakeholder perspectives on observing system design and integration
    • Mechanisms for coordination of support, implementation and operation of a sustained arctic observing system 

 The authors of the white papers and shorter reports were encouraged to articulate and explore underlying questions such as: 

    • What can be done to improve the design, implementation, coordination and sustained long-term operation of Arctic observing systems in the focus area of a given white paper? 
    • Are Arctic observations shared optimally today among communities (e.g., among scientists, governments, and stakeholders)? 
    • Are there specific hindrances to the collection or sharing of Arctic observations in the focus area of a given paper (e.g., restrictions due to military strategic reasons, protection of natural resources)?


The community white papers from AOS 2013 can be downloaded below (alphabetical order, first author). Papers that have subsequently been published in the 2015 special issue of Arctic (68, Supplement 1) , an open access issue, are indicated and can be accessed from the links below and from the journal website also.















"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."