Thank you to all that contributed to the first phase of the Arctic Observing Assessment. In recent weeks, a first round of anonymous input about societal priorities in the Arctic was received by phone, e-mail, and the web. These responses were wide-ranging.  A draft attempt has been made to group these responses into categories that would serve as the basis for the next steps of the Assessment.

At this time, 11 categories have been identified and made public in an online survey.  Your input is again welcomed for the next step of the Arctic Observing Assessment for the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) and the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON). Please visit to review these categories and their descriptions and provide feedback about missing categories or edits to category descriptions.

Input is requested by August 8, 2014.


The categories identified by this process will be mapped into an open access relational database that includes products, information sources, and tools identified as necessary for informing decisions. The build out of the database will be featured on the ArcticHub ( and will allow for the community to crowdsource information and products into the database. Frequently Asked Questions about the Assessment, including more information about IARPC and SAON, are also available on the Hub.

Thank you.

Jonet Johnson
Science Planning Manager
Contractor to NSF from ALEX- Alternative Experts, LLC
National Science Foundation- Division of Polar Programs
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