Arctic Science Summit Week/Arctic Observing Summit 2016

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM AKDT
Hajo Eicken (UAF), Peter Schlosser (Columbia University)

Hajo Eicken

Interim Director - International Arctic Research Center

Professor of Geophysics - Geophysical Institute & Department of Geosciences

University of Alaska Fairbanks


Peter Schlosser

Deputy Director and Director of Research

The Earth Institute

Columbia University




Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) is the annual gathering of international organizations engaged in supporting and facilitating long-term planning in Arctic research and related measurement campaigns. ASSW provides opportunities for coordination, collaboration and cooperation in all areas of Arctic science. ASSW 2016 is designed to strengthen international, interdisciplinary collaborations. It will also facilitate communication across academia, government agencies, local communities, industry, non-governmental organizations and other Arctic stakeholders. Public lectures, outreach events, workshops, recreational activities, tours and field trips will be part of the week as well.


The Arctic Observing Summit (AOS), which is part of the larger ASSW umbrella, 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. It is co-led by the International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC), the International Arctic Scientific Council (IASC) and the Arctic Council’s Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) initiative. The next AOS will be hosted at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) 15-18 March 2016 in conjunction with the Arctic Science Summit Week. Two of the AOS 2016 Co-Chairs Hajo Eicken (UAF) and Peter Schlosser (Columbia University, ISAC Steering Committee Chair) will provide a brief overview of ASSW, AOS background, objectives and specific themes and activities identified for AOS 2016.


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