In situ observations of black carbon in the Arctic
Action 1.3: Operationalise data synthesis, review and dissemination of BC-data from Arctic
Experience shows that attention to data quality is closely linked to efforts associated with data submission, and to the prospects that the data will be subject to external review and synthesis for data interpretation and assessment to further inform policymaking.
AMAP’s currently irregular assessment process means that Arctic data reported largely through existing international programmes and/or national initiatives are not subject to regular review or quality assurance at the international level. Data review is conducted within EMEP, though only a subset of Arctic monitoring stations is operating within EMEP’s geographical domain.
AMAP could consider, in the mid- to long-term, producing annual data products, for example webbased summaries of data coverage and general statistics/trends. This could better engage the Arctic monitoring community, as well as secure and improve data management efforts (including work at data centres) to ensure availability of data suitable for supporting science-driven policy initiatives.