AOS logo
Arctic Observing Summit
Working Towards a Comprehensive and Inclusive Pan-Arctic Observing System

AOS 2022

AOS 2022: Arctic observing at the intersection of health, understanding, and resilience

Dates: March 30 – April 12022
Location: Tromsø, Norway

Tromsø, with Tromsøysundet (the bordering strait) in the foreground. Photo by Sebastian Herrmann on Unsplash.

Submit to AOS 2022!

The Executive Organizing Committee for AOS 2022 is seeking community input, in the form of short statements, that will help guide discussions during the Thematic Working Group sessions.

Community input can highlight important data, management, or logistical needs or gaps, explore emerging opportunities, address a current challenge, present new initiatives or technology that can contribute to Arctic observing (including global programs), or review on-going observing activities or issues that are relevant for the development, application, operation, or support of a sustained Arctic observing network.

Submissions should link to the overarching theme of the Summit but other topics relevant to the working groups that have been established for AOS 2022 are welcome. Learn more about the themes and working groups in the Summit Information section, below.

Input on other important and relevant topics related to AOS are welcome under the category of "Other: Other high-priority issues for Arctic observing", but organizers ask that authors contact the AOS Executive Organizing Committee by email (, and send a proposed title and brief description to discuss the topic prior to preparing the statement for inclusion.

The organizers are also accepting poster abstract submissions.

Click the "Submit Now" button to see formatting guidelines and make your submission!
Submit Now 
Submission Deadlines
Short statements – Deadline extended to January 31, 2022
Poster abstracts – January 30, 2022
View Past Submissions
Browse summit products from AOS 2018 for short statement and poster abstract examples, or view all previous summits to see all past themes, working groups and submissions.

Summit Information

working groups


A changing Arctic disrupts the environment from the local to the global scale. Rapid change threatens Indigenous livelihoods, communities, ecosystems, and the global climate system. AOS 2022 focuses on how sustained observations can contribute to well-being and better understanding of rapid Arctic change to build resilience and inform responses from the local to the global scale.

Conference sub-themes to support the overarching theme, Arctic observing at the intersection of health, understanding, and resilience:

  • Sub-Theme 1: Food Security
  • Sub-Theme 2: Regional to Global Observing
  • Sub-Theme 3: Data Sharing
  • Sub-Theme 4: System Integration (SAON ROADS)
  • Sub-Theme 5: Utility and Benefit
  • Sub-Theme 6: Capacity Building

Working Groups

Five AOS working groups will explore specific aspects of the broader conference theme, identify action items and deliverables, and collaborate on shared goals for the summit.

Impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic, local communities and the research enterprise have highlighted the need for Capacity Building in support of sustained observations. This need has been recognized and called out at the AOS 2020 and the 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial in 2021. All Working Groups seek to leverage conversations in organizations like the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), University of the Arctic and others to identify specific steps that can be taken to build capacity at the community level, increase resilience, and creates space for and supports participation of Indigenous Peoples in scientific research and observing relevant in policy and decision-making contexts.

Working Group 1: Food Security

Continuing past work and ongoing discussions, the Food Security Working Group focuses on observing capacity and information needs at local scales, especially in the context of Indigenous community priorities, food security, community and ecosystem health.

Working Group 2: Regional to Global Observing

The Arctic does not exist in isolation, and neither does Arctic Observing. The Global Observing Working Group brings together regional and global observing systems and networks to explore how Arctic observing systems can best complement and link to existing structures and build on their best practices and experience.

Working Group 3: Data Sharing

The IASC-SAON Arctic Data Committee, and the broader Polar Data Community are advancing priorities such as enhancing data findability, access and usability, and deploying new data systems. These enhanced systems must serve a broad range of different users, including Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic, maximize the value of observations, and be sustained over time. Achieving these goals requires dialogue that includes all actors involved in Arctic observing and data systems design and implementation. AOS 2022 will act as a platform for interaction between data experts and practitioners and the observing community to advance data interoperability and equitable sharing priorities and solutions.

Working Group 4: System Integration (SAON ROADS)

Building off of the SAON Roadmap for Arctic Observing and Data Systems (ROADS) process and the outcomes of the 2020 AOS, the System Integration Working Group will solicit input into the ROADS process, grow participation, and work towards implementation. This WG will need to coordinate with the SAON ROADS Task Force on how to best utilize the AOS in this process.

Working Group 5: Utility and Benefits

Observing systems aim to provide data that are relevant in decision making contexts, such as adaptation and mitigation planning or resource management. This Working Group will build on past work to explore frameworks, mechanisms, and good practice that help ensure utility and societal benefits associated with observations.

Subscribe here to receive AOS updates:
Subscribe now
Arctic Observing Summit - International Secretariat

Arctic Institute of North America
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

Arctic Institute of North America logo
© Arctic Institute of North America
pencilclocklistlayers linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram