To maintain a complete and up-to-date catalog of relevant datasets (likely more than 1,200), IASOA will continue to expand its automated harvesting across 10 global network repositories and as many large institutional and project-level repositories, though some obstacles persist.
ACADIS has both added metadata fields to its ISO profile and is considering ways to diversify its keyword vocabularies, following the IASOA model.
IASOA recognized, however, that scientists need more than cyberinfrastructure to integrate their research with others; they also need infrastructure that facilitates interpersonal collaboration.
IASOA working groups are open to all collaborators with a stake in putting Arctic observations to use.
Importantly, all of the IASOA working groups are investigator-driven, so each takes on a unique flavor and focus as the groups self-assign objectives.
IASOA's easy-to-use cyberinfrastructure plays a critical role in unifying the globally distributed collection of pertinent observations for discovery and access.
IASOA will coordinate intensive measurements of the Arctic atmosphere over Canada, Russia, the U.S., Finland, Greenland, Norway and Sweden.
IASOA was emerging from the IPY with not only significantly enhanced measurement capabilities, but also a promising vision of promoting collaborative science based on the premise that no one nation could independently monitor (because of the enormous expenses associated with operating Arctic stations) or understand (because of the regional diversity spread over geopolitical boundaries) the complexities of the Arctic atmosphere.
A newly formed IASOA steering committee (www .esrl.noaa.gov/psd/iasoa/steering_committee) met for the first time at the Montreal conference.
"The mission of IASOA is to advance and coordinate research objectives from independent pan-Arctic atmospheric observatories through (1) strategically developing comprehensive observational capacity, (2) facilitating data access and usability through a single gateway, and (3) mobilizing contributions to synergistic science and socially-relevant services derived from IASOA assets and expertise."
IASOA defines an observatory as a facility or collection of collocated facilities that is staffed throughout the year, is intended to operate into the foreseeable future, and has a significant observing capacity above and beyond standard meteorological measurements.
Aside from the variety of governance models and observing assets, the observatories also represent a vast diversity of Arctic subregions with different climatologies, geographies, and biomes so that each IASOA observatory effectively gathers information on a unique Arctic regional system subtype.