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REGISTER NOW: ASM3 webinar - Theme 1, Observe: Observing networks; Data sharing - towards implementation

The next webinar of the 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3) Webinar Series will focus on Theme 1: Observe.  An overview of progress in enhancing observations and data sharing since ASM2 will be shared as well as new projects and activities on the horizon.  This will be followed by a series of short presentations highlighting a few observation projects submitted by ASM3 participating countries and organizations. Recommended Actions to enhance and improve international observing efforts and data sharing will be presented. A short Q&A will follow.  

The webinar will be held on Wednesday 20th January 2021 at 16:00 UTC. To register, please visit

Theme 1: Observe

Observing networks; Data sharing – towards implementation

Information on the status of ongoing changes in the Arctic is still limited. There are vast data gaps, especially with long-term data which has largely been observed only since the satellite era. There is also room for improvement with data sharing. As observations in the Arctic require considerable human resources and costs due to its remote and harsh environment, it is difficult for a single country alone to build and maintain a long-term observation system. It is, therefore, necessary to collaborate on a system of systems with an international platform to promote cooperation for observing and data sharing.

It was noted in ASM1 and ASM2 that the Sustaining Arctic Observation Network (SAON) initiative can play a key role in resolving these issues. Following the recommendations in the previous meetings, ASM3 will seek an organizational mechanism to provide support to SAON and other necessary actions. Empowering national focal points and offices in each country as well as focusing on recommendations from international assemblies would be the first step.

The desired action for this step is to provide support for the implementation of an observation and data sharing system, and to develop collaboration between scientists and Arctic communities.

The ASM3 webinar series is hosted by organisers Iceland and Japan in cooperation with the EPB. For more information on the webinar series, including registration and recordings of earlier webinars, please visit