CEON's Mission

To strengthen the capacity for emerging monitoring, research and policy needs at high northern latitudes by making data available that is adequate and suitable for answering and addressing a series of well-defined key scientific questions and uncertainties.

CEON aims to provide and facilitate:

  • Access to data and information.
  • Access to facilities.
  • Mobility of researchers.
  • Adequate coverage of common and standardized observations.
  • Adequate coverage of regional observatories.
  • Up-scaling of site specific observations.
  • Support for circum-arctic, regional and global thematic research programs.
  • Parameterization and validation of models and remote sensing.
  • Exploitation of data archives, proxies and re-occupation of abandoned sites.
  • Rapid responses to environmental emergencies.
  • Development and testing of methodologies and sensors.
  • Testing and development of ecological (and other disciplinary) theory.
  • Education and communication.

Rationale for CEON

CEON is founded on the following rationale, which emerged from the scoping and development activities undertaken since August 2002:

  • Relative to other regions on the globe, the Arctic is experiencing dramatic changes in climate and patterns of human land use. Environmental and socio-economic drivers associated with these changes originate both within and outside of the Arctic system.

  • Change detection & predictive power of these changes are low and are limited/ threatened by the loss of sustained environmental observation time series in northern high latitudes.

  • A circum-arctic environmental observatories network that can provide adequate, diverse and sustained time series observations has the potential to dramatically improve our understanding of the Arctic system and how it may continue to respond to a variety of environmental and societal changes forecast for the region.

  • There is a well-established science infrastructure and a tremendous amount of research and monitoring ongoing in the Arctic. Generally, the broader international and multidisciplinary impacts of these efforts are not fully tapped due to limitations associated with research exposure, communication, data availability and differences in technologies and sampling methods between sites. Reinforcing and improving the broader impacts of existing and ongoing effort will be the primary starting point for CEON.