Arctic Project

The overall objective of INTAROS is to develop an integrated Arctic Observation System (iAOS) by extending, improving and unifying existing systems in the different regions of the Arctic. INTAROS has 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. INTAROS is assessing strengths and weaknesses of existing observing systems – both satellite and in-situ – and contributes with innovative solutions to fill some of the critical gaps in the in situ observing network.

INTAROS is developing a platform, iAOS, to search for and access data from distributed databases. INTAROS includes development of community-based observing systems, where local knowledge is merged with scientific data. An integrated, sustainable and long-term Arctic Observation System will enable better-informed decisions and better-documented processes within key sectors (e.g. local communities, shipping, tourism, fishing), 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.

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Co-ordinator, Data and 

Policy Advice

Task Groups

 Stein Sandven   

 Nansen Environmental and    

 Remote Sensing Center

   Head and Shoulder 5  

Communications and

Training & Education

 Task Groups

 Ruth Higgins  EurOcean       Ruth Higgins 2

Policy Advice

Task Group

 Erik Buch  EuroGoos    Eric Buch 2

Policy Advice

Task Group

 Hanne Sagen  NERSC   Head and Shoulder 5 


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