Southern Ocean Decade & Polar Data Forum Week 2021

Online, 20 - 24 September 2021 An Ocean Of Opportunities

Optimizing Arctic Observing Through Interoperable Information Sharing Across Networks

William, F., Manley, Roberta Pirazzini and Members of the Polar Observing Assets Working Group

A fundamental challenge exists for assessment, planning, and synthesis of Arctic observing. Assets such as sites, transects, observatories, projects, and programs are deployed in a diverse and distributed fashion across numerous observing systems. At this time, it is difficult to strategically assess status, overlap, and gaps because most inventories and portals are limited in scope. Furthermore, only a fraction of observing systems share information about observing assets in a way that can be accessed, harmonized, and aggregated for a comprehensive perspective. To help address this challenge, a new “Polar Observing Assets Working Group” has been formed under the SAON Committee on Observations and Networks (CON; see This group builds upon steps taken by the Polar data community for the interoperability of “dataset-level” metadata, but in this case for discovery-level details in “asset-level” metadata. The group will identify and promote best practices for the use of relevant metadata standards, controlled vocabularies, crosswalks, federated search, and linkages to scientific datasets. For more details on three identified tasks, see Outcomes will make it easier for networks and planners to avoid duplicated effort while optimizing resources. Participation is open and encouraged, and will help to showcase and integrate the summed contributions of multiple systems.