INTAROS, Arctic Observation System, Project Kick-off Meeting

11/01/2017 - 12/01/2017

The INTAROS project will work towards an integrated Arctic Observation System by extending, improving and unifying existing systems in the different regions of the Arctic. INTAROS 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 the data for observing the global climate and environment grows year by year. In-situ observing systems are much more limited due to logistical and cost constraints. The sparseness of in-situ data is therefore the largest gap in the overall observing system.

An integrated Arctic Observation System will enable informed decisions and documented processes within key sectors, e.g. local communities, shipping, tourism, fisheries. This will strengthen the societal and economic role of the Arctic region and support the EU Strategy for the Arctic and related maritime and environmental policies.

The evolution into a sustainable Arctic observing system requires coordination, mobilization and cooperation between the existing European and international infrastructures (in-situ and remote sensing), the modeling communities and relevant stakeholder groups. The project will develop in cooperation with the another European sea-basin observing system project, AtlantOS. EuroGOOS is a partner in both projects.

Further information is available on the European Commission’s webpage

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