SAONThe SAON Strategy and Implementation Plan was approved in 2018. As a follow-up to this, SAON has developed a Roadmap for Arctic Observing and Data Systems (ROADS).

The Roadmap has been drafted as a deliverable for the preparation of the 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3) to be held 8-9 May 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

ASM3 Theme 1 is Observe:
Observing networks; Data sharing - towards implementation. The organizers of ASM3 have designed a webinar series in order to increase the transparency of the Arctic Science Ministerial science process.
The next webinar with this theme is held 20th January 2021, 13:00-15:00 UTC. More information and registration can be found here.

The ROADS process will be presented at a session at the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 20-26 March 2021 (ID:13) - Advancing SAON's Roadmap etc. through Regional and Global capabilities).

Arctic Data Committee (ADC):
Invitation to Polar to Global Online Interoperability and Data Sharing Workshop/Hackathon

ADC convenes in cooperation with SCADM, SOOS, the Arctic Observing Summit Working Group 4, the Global Cryosphere Watch, and the World Data System a bi-monthly series of online workshops. More information is available here.

About SAON
The Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) is a joint initiative of the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) that aims to strengthen multinational engagement in pan-Arctic observing and monitoring of Arctic environmental change. The SAON process was established in 2011 at the Seventh Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council (AC) via the Nuuk Declaration and engages countries, organisations and observing networks in the effort to maximize Arctic observing capabilities.

SAON's vision is to foster a connected, collaborative, and comprehensive long-term pan-Arctic Observing System that serves societal needs. SAON’s mission is to facilitate, coordinate, and advocate for the pan-Arctic Observing System and to mobilize the support needed to sustain it.

With the Arctic Council as one of the parents, the eight Arctic States (Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and USA) and the Arctic Council Permanent Participants (Arctic Indigenous Peoples organisations) are born members of SAON. The support of IASC has ensured that a number of non-Arctic countries also are members of SAON: China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Spain, UK.

Effective implementation of SAON requires partnerships. Such partnerships include observing networks, collaborations with policy-makers at all levels, academia, civil society and the private sector, as well as engagement from other multilateral/international groups:

The strategy for SAON was approved in January 2018 and identifies three overarching goals:

Create a roadmap to a well-integrated Arctic Observing System;
Promote free and ethically open access to all Arctic observational data; and Ensure sustainability of Arctic observing.

The Chair of SAON is Sandy Starkweather, NOAA Climate Program Office / US Arctic Observing Network (US AON), USA.
The Vice-Chair is Mikko Strahlendorff, Finland Meteorological Institute (FMI). The list of members of the SAON Board is found here.