An introductory meeting of the IASC supported Arctic Climate System Network (ACSNet) will be held during the IPY2012 Conference in Montreal on 23 April 2012, 5:30-7:30 pm. The goal of the meeting will be to set a course for activities under ACSNet that would promote and strengthen international, interdisciplinary research collaborations in the Western Arctic. Interested researchers with planned or ongoing field activities in the Canada Basin and boundary regions are invited to attend.

The ACSNet, established in June 2011, aims through the coordination and networking of existing or emerging fieldwork to implement an intensive cross-disciplinary study of the role of the polar seas in climate. In particular special reference is made to the Western Arctic as a site of demonstrable global importance and to the research questions identified as of key importance by the 2011 iAOOS plan of the IASC Marine Working Group.