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Breakout session on scales of Arctic Earth Observations at the 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly on 14th October

The 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly is convening in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 13-15 October.

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the Sustaining Arctic Observation Networks (SAON), the European Polar Board (EPB), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) are organizing a breakout session on Saturday, October 14th, at 17:30-19:00.

The session, entitled Scales of Observations –Connecting Arctic Data, Information and People, highlights the importance of sustained Arctic observations across both temporal and geographic scales to maximise their societal benefits and usefulness in advising decision-making. 

The session starts with flash presentations that introduce participants to the range of Earth observation projects, networks and organisations. These are followed by a panel discussion focusing on integration and interoperability of arctic observations from remote sensing and ground-based observations to Indigenous-Knowledge -driven monitoring and community-based observing initiatives.

Session Programme (14th October at 17:30-19:00, room Skarðsheiði)

Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, Group on Earth Observations

Flash presentations
Árni Snorrason, Director, Icelandic Meteorological Office: Large-scale Arctic climate observations (WMO)

Jan René Larsen, SAON Secretary, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme: International coordination of Arctic monitoring (SAON)

Yubao Qiu, Associate Professor, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences: Integrating Scales of Observations – an Example from High Mountain Asia (GEOCRI)

Noor Johnson, Research Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder & The Fletcher School, Tufts University: Community-based monitoring and Indigenous knowledge as/in Arctic observing systems



Hannele Savela, Research Coordinator, Thule Institute, University of Oulu (INTERACT)

Anders Oskal, Director, International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR)

Ola Gråbak, Applications Engineer, European Space Agency (ESA)

Stein Sandven, Research Director, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (INTAROS)

Maribeth Murray, Executive Director, Arctic Institute of North America (AINA)

Chair: Peter Pulsifer, Research Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center CIRES, University of Colorado