Community Building

A group of people carries a boat down to a lake.
A group carries an inflatable boat down to a lake on the island of Svalbard, Norway. Photo credit:

US AON can make progress through its own resources, but much more can be achieved through engaging with the broader community on their proposed and funded efforts.

We take a holistic view of partnerships - working across Indigenous organizations, agencies, and academic researchers to develop a shared understanding of what is needed within Arctic observing.

We're working to better serve and partner with Arctic Indigenous communities across a range of activities; being a steady partner and active advocate is an important part of that work.

Robust communities of practice and ethical collaborations underpin the success and sustainment of observational networks and data systems. US AON supports these efforts. In particular, US AON seeks to foster and advance equitable partnerships between Indigenous communities, western academic researchers, and federal agencies.

For example, US AON sponsored a training with Kawerak, Inc. in which US AON leadership and partners learned more about Arctic Indigenous history and co-production of knowledge. Other desired activities include improving field experiences for diverse and early career researchers, and supporting partnerships to improve data accessibility and sovereignty under the FAIR and CARE principals.

US AON is happy to partner with ongoing projects, such as the identification and use of impactful training opportunities. For more information, get in touch.

US AON and the IARPC observations team fostered the development of a major Research Networking Activity for Sustained Coordinated Observations of Arctic Change (CoObs RNA) to develop AON strategies through a food security lens. The project draws on different assessment, modeling, and observing system design approaches to lay the foundation for a food-security oriented information product integrating different types of coordinated observations. Alaska Indigenous scholars are active participants in the work, with a focus on capacity-building within Indigenous Peoples organizations such that they can better steer and use Arctic observing data and information products.

Better communication between observers in different fields, between Indigenous observers and western scientists, and between observers, modelers, and decision-makers, can significantly improve the quality of the observing system and its usefulness to communities, scientists, and other stakeholders. The IARPC Observations Community of Practice hosts monthly open, online discussions to build these critical relationships, share information, and support conversations around topics of cross-cutting interest. Visit the Our Team page and join our next call to see for yourself!