The efficient study and development of the Arctic and the use of its resources is impossible without   environmental information. Users of information are government bodies, public and private-sector agencies in the field of maritime transport, national defense, emergency situations, fishing, tourism, etc., as well as the population. An important aspect of providing the relevant information support to activities in the Arctic is the integration of diverse, heterogeneous and distributed information available for the Arctic region and providing access to it.
The development of the Russian node of the Integrated Arctic Observing System (iAOS) is carried out on the basis of Grant Agreement No. 075-02-2018-264 of November 28, 2018 concluded between the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the All-Russian Research Institute for Hydrometeorological Information – World Data Center under the Federal Targeted Programme "R & D in priority areas for the development of the scientific and technological complex of Russia for 2014-2020" (activity 2.2). Project ID is RFMEFI61618X0103.
The grant is provided for research under the joint project H2020-BG-09-2016 (An INTegrated ARctic Observation System, INTAROS) of the European Union HORIZON 2020 program for 2016-2020, including ERA-Net initiatives . The project involves 48 organizations from 19 countries in Europe, Asia and North America. From the Russian Federation the participants are the All-Russian Research Institute of Hydrometeorological Information – World Data Centre (RIHMI-WDC) and the Scientific Foundation “Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Center” (NIERSC) (St. Petersburg).
The lead contractor under the grant of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation is RIHMI -WDC. Co-contractors are NIERSC and the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) of Roshydromet (St. Petersburg).