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Section 2: The Initiation and Background of CEONThe concept of initiating a CEON was first raised at a meeting of the Forum of Arctic research Operators (FARO) at Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) in 2000 by Tom Pyle (US representative to FARO). FARO is an international governmental organization that provides information and a forum for discussion, review and exchange of operational information and experience to the Arctic science community to seek solutions to common operational problems. FARO encourages, facilitates and optimizes logistics and operational support for scientific research in the Arctic through international collaboration. Members of FARO endorsed the CEON concept specifying that CEON promote environmental observations in the Arctic and dissemination of these to Arctic researchers whilst encompassing and building on the strengths of existing stations and environmental observatory networks active in the Arctic.
In June 2002 Tom Pyle, head of Arctic Section of the Office of Polar Programs within National Science Foundation of the United States tasked Patrick Webber (President of the International Arctic Science Committee - IASC) and Craig Tweedie at Michigan State University with scoping and developing the concept of CEON. The initial development of CEON has been based on the notion that early successes will be met by facilitating the activities of existing environmental sites and networks active in the Arctic and increasing the potential for integration and syntheses between sites. Specifically, this entails promoting increased transfer of knowledge and standardization of research methods between networks and sites, and increasing accessibility to data and linkages to multidisciplinary and international programs.
Accordingly, presentations on the CEON concept have been made at numerous meetings of organizations/research programs active in the Arctic over a short period of time in order to establish an initial momentum for the development of CEON. Presentations have focused on the necessity for the CEON initiative to meet the needs of the participating research community, science administrators, policy makers, industry, education and indigenous communities whilst providing linkages between disciplines and existing networks and connectivity spanning regional to circumarctic and global scales. Deliberately, presentations of the CEON concept have made no mention or suggestion of measurements or processes that should or could be made or investigated. Instead, observers have been asked to introduce their own bias into the development of CEON by providing feedback to the following question: "What would you do if you had the opportunity to conduct/maintain standardized and integrated time series observations across multiple research stations and networks in the Arctic?" This 'bottom-up' approach has facilitated the development and scoping of CEON based on the experience, needs and future directions envisaged by a broad range of potential CEON stakeholder and user groups.
The rationale that has emerged for CEON based on this initial scoping and development includes the following:
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