International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA): An International Polar Year Legacy Consortium

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IASOA activities and partnerships were initiated as a part of the 2007-2009 International Polar Year (IPY) and are expected to continue for many decades as a legacy program. The IASOA focus is on coordinating intensive measurements of the Arctic atmosphere collected in the U.S., Canada, Russia, Norway, Finland, and Greenland, to create synthesis science that leads to an understanding of why, and not just how the Arctic atmosphere is evolving. The IASOA premise is that there are limitations with Arctic modeling and satellite observations that can only be addressed with boots-on-the-ground, in-situ observations and that the potential of combining individual station and network measurements into an integrated observing system is tremendous. The IASOA vision is that by further integrating with other network observing programs focusing on hydrology, glaciology, oceanography, terrestrial, and biological systems it will be possible to understand the mechanisms of the entire Arctic system, perhaps well enough for humans to mitigate undesirable change, and adapt to inevitable change.

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DOI 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00145.1

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Uttal, T. , Starkweather, S. , Drummond, J. R. , Vihma, T. , Makshtas, A. P. , Darby, L. S. , Burkhart, J. F. , Cox, C. J. , Schmeisser, L. N. , Haiden, T. , Maturilli, M. , Shupe, M. D. , De Boer, G. , Saha, A. , Grachev, A. A. , Crepinsek, S. M. , Bruhwiler, L. , Goodison, B. , McArthur, B. , Walden, V. P. , Dlugokencky, E. J. , Persson, P. O. G. , Lesins, G. , Laurila, T. , Ogren, J. A. , Stone, R. , Long, C. N. , Sharma, S. , Massling, A. , Turner, D. D. , Stanitski, D. N. , Asmi, E. , Aurela, M. , Skov, H. , Eleftheriadis, K. , Virkkula, A. , Platt, A. , Førland, E. J. , Tijima, Y. , Nielsen, I. E. , Bergin, M. H. , Candlish, L. , Zimov, N. S. , Zimov, S. A. , O'Neill, N. T. , Fogal, P. F. , Kivi, R. , Konopleva-Akish, E. A. , Verlinde, J. , Kustov, V. J. , Vasel, B. , Ivakhov, V. M. , Viisanen, Y. and Intrieri, J. M. (2016): International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA): An International Polar Year Legacy Consortium , Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97 (6), pp. 1033-1056 . doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00145.1

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