Report on Arctic Ocean Observing System 2008 Released

Integrated Arctic Ocean Observing System (iAOOS)

March 2009: A report of the integrated Arctic Ocean Observing System (iAOOS) for 2008 has been prepared by the Arctic Ocean Sciences Board, one of the two supporting organizations of the system.

The iAOOS is also supported by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), which is co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The focus of iAOOS is on Arctic change, including the fate of perennial sea ice and the climatic and social effects of its disappearance. The system was used as a framework to achieve optimal coordination of projects during the International Polar Year 2007-2008, an initiative co-organized by the WMO and the International Council for Science. The iAOOS report provides a concise account of the activities of the flagship projects during 2008 together with a summary description of additional work planned in 2009. [The iAOOS Report]