Arctic Field Projects



Project Title: Community Workshops for Synthesis Studies of the Pan-Arctic/Earth System (Award# 1455690)

PI: Vorosmarty, Charles J (cvorosmarty@ccny.cuny.edu)
Phone: (212) 650-7042 
Institute/Department: City University of New York (CUNY),  
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ARCSS
Program Manager: Dr. Neil Swanberg (nswanber@nsf.gov)
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach |

Project Web Site(s):
Data: http://rose.ccny.cuny.edu/~darlene/CrossRoads/inde...
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Science Summary:
The Arctic is an integral part of the Earth system where multiple interactions unite its natural and social domains. The Arctic's significance derives from growing evidence that it is experiencing rapid and amplified signatures of global climate change and that the region could itself be a critical throttle on planetary dynamics. Ongoing assessments of how the Arctic system is wired-together and how sensitive its environment is to change remain highly uncertain. We have entered an era when environmental management must confront regional, whole biome, and pan-Arctic challenges. Consequently, the science and policy issues surrounding Arctic system change are highly intertwined, interdisciplinary and constitute a quintessential synthesis challenge. Understanding this challenge requires the development of a collaborative research framework that can not only improve our understanding of the Arctic system, but also promote interdisciplinary science on Arctic coupled systems, connect science with policy, educate the next generation of students and make Arctic research relevant to the public. This award will support an effort to begin that process. The goals of this award are to design an Arctic Synthesis Collaboratory concept through a formal, community-based planning exercise, which will use a series of four workshops to identify tractable core science questions that contribute to systems-level Arctic research. The workshops will also assess linkages to ongoing activities within the Arctic research community, explore the readiness of modeling, data and observatory assets, and identify opportunities to apply systems-level thinking in the policy-formulation realm and in other educational activities. Discussion would also focus on the appropriate structure and function for such a collaboratory partnership. These four workshops will bring together members of different Arctic disciplinary research constituencies and provide input to a strategic report that will serve as a potential roadmap for a community-designed Arctic systems synthesis research agenda and supporting collaboratory. Ultimately this should advance the approach taken by the research community and help align research efforts with societal needs.

Logistics Summary:
This grant funds a series of four workshops in order to redesign the “Arctic Synthesis Collaboratory” concept through a formal, community-based planning exercise. Workshops will assess linkages to ongoing activities within the Arctic research community, explore the readiness of modeling, data and observatory assets, and identify opportunities to apply systems-level thinking in the policy-formulation realm. The first workshop will be held at CUNY ASRC in early 2016, and attended by 35 people. The next two workshops will be held in the summer and fall of 2016 at a researcher’s institution and each will be attended by 12 people. The final workshop will be a three day event held at CUNY ASRC in the Spring of 2017, attended by a “Core Writing Team” comprised of the co-PIs and senior personnel (and any additional individuals deemed essential). At this time the strategic report will be put together synthesizing the previous workshops results. The report, to be made available to the Arctic research community by Summer 2017, will be organized as an opportunities/challenge document and proposed roadmap for a community-designed Arctic systems synthesis research agenda and supporting collaboratory. No fieldwork is associated with this project.




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