Bringing the Ocean to Society
1 Dec 2016
INTAROS Project - Integrated Arctic Observation System has just started
EurOcean is delighted to be a partner in this project to create an Integrated Arctic Observation System by extending, improving and unifying existing systems in the different regions of the Arctic.

INTAROS, led by the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre in Norway will have a strong multidisciplinary focus, with tools for integration of data from atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and terrestrial sciences, provided by institutions in Europe, North America and Asia. Satellite earth observation data plays an increasingly important role in such observing systems, because the amount of EO data for observing the global climate and environment grows year by year. In situ observing systems are much more limited due to logistical constraints and cost limitations. The sparseness of in situ data is therefore the largest gap in the overall observing system.

INTAROS will assess strengths and weaknesses of existing observing systems and contribute with innovative solutions to fill some of the critical gaps in the in situ observing network. INTAROS will develop a platform, iAOS, to search for and access data from distributed databases. The evolution into a sustainable Arctic observing system requires coordination, mobilization and cooperation between the existing European and international infrastructures (in-situ and remote including space-based), the modeling communities and relevant stakeholder groups. INTAROS will include development of community-based observing systems, where local knowledge is merged with scientific data. An integrated Arctic Observation System will enable better-informed decisions and better-documented processes within key sectors (e.g. local communities, shipping, tourism, fisheries), in order to strengthen the societal and economic role of the Arctic region and support the EU strategy for the Arctic and related maritime and environmental policies.

EurOcean will co-lead the Dissemination and Outreach workpackage.

Learn more about the project in this poster, which is being presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall meeting on 12-16 December 2016