Here's something that might be of interest to US citizens who follow what's going on in the Arctic and have ideas about what kind of science and technology is necessary to increase knowledge: a short questionnaire by the Committee on Emerging Research Questions in the Arctic of the National Research Council (project information here).
The Committee on Emerging Research Questions in the Arctic of the National Research Council (NRC) is looking for your assistance. This committee is charged to provide guidance on future research questions in the Arctic over the next 10-20 years, identifying the key scientific questions that are emerging (i.e., only now becoming possible to ask or address) in different realms of Arctic science and exploring both disciplinary realms (e.g., marine, terrestrial, atmosphere, cryosphere, and social sciences) and cross cutting realms (e.g., integrated systems science and sustainability science).
Based on the emerging research questions, the study will also help identify research infrastructure needs (e.g., observation networks, computing and data management, ship requirements, shore facilities, etc.) and collaboration opportunities. Attention will be given to assessing needs where there may be a mismatch between rates of change and the pace of scientific research. For the statement of task and list of committee members, see http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=49516.
To help us accomplish our goals, the committee would like to draw widely on the expertise and experience of the Arctic science community. We kindly request your assistance by filling out a short questionnaire. This provides you an opportunity to identify the most important Arctic science questions that you believe will motivate Arctic research over the next 20 years. Note that you do not have to answer all the questions for your contribution to be valuable to the committee.
Thank you for taking time to provide input to this study. We request your contribution by Friday, August 23, 2013.
Fill in the questionnaire here.