Scales of observations – connecting Arctic data, information and people

Organized by Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON), European Polar Board (EPB), World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), and the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) 11. September 2017

Building on the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Plenary session at 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly, this session will continue highlighting the importance of Arctic observations for decision making in the Arctic and worldwide.

Saturday, October 14, 17:30 - 19:00
Location: Skarðsheiði, Third Level

The session will emphasise the importance of sustained Arctic observations across both temporal and geographic scales to maximise their societal benefits and usefulness in advising decision-making. Flash or lightening presentations will start the session to introduce participants to the range of Earth observation projects, networks and organisations with a focus on the Arctic. A panel discussion will follow and focus on interoperability of observations, allowing for increased use and accessibility across temporal and geographic scales, including remote sensing and satellite observations, in situ (ground-based observations) and monitoring, Indigenous-Knowledge-driven monitoring, and community-based observing initiatives throughout the Arctic. The panel will be followed by discussion (Q&A) with the audience. The session and the panel will be moderated by chairs, who also provide short introductions and summaries of the session.


  • Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, Group on Earth Observations


  • Árni Snorrason, Director, Icelandic Meteorological Office: Large-scale Arctic climate observations –WMO
  • Hannele Savela, Research Coordinator, Thule Institute, University of Oulu: Arctic terrestrial in situ observations and monitoring –an example from the INTERACT network
  • Jan René Larsen, SAON Secretary, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme: International coordination of Arctic monitoring
  • Renuka Badhe, Executive Secretary, European Polar Board
  • Stein Sandven, Research Director, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
  • 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
  • Anders Oskal, Director, International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry
  • Ola Gråbak, Applications Engineer, ESA Earth Observation directorate
  • Maribeth Murray, Executive Director, Arctic Institute of North America: Community-based observing – outcomes of AOS
  • Peter Pulsifer – Research Scientist II, National Snow and Ice Data Center CIRES, University of Colorado: Data Interoperability in Arctic Earth Observations


Peter Pulsifer, ADC/University of Colorado