IASOA System Science

The above figure depicts the system science complexities of the Arctic ecosystem, highlighting the role of the atmosphere in these processes (T. Uttal).  While many IASOA observatories have intensive observing for atmospheric properties, they are also platforms for cryospheric, terrestrial, and hydrological processes.  This co-location of multiple, long-term observing systems makes IASOA an ideal platform for developing interdisciplinary collaboration to investigate the evolving trends in Arctic processes. This is especially important in the Arctic where the physical processes of interest may not be static in the changing Arctic environment (Jeffries et al. 2013). A recent term that summarizes this concept is "emergent processes” which are resulting due to the non-linearity of the Arctic system.