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Atmospheric Sciences Perspectives on Integrated, Coordinated, Open, Networked (ICON) Science
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  • Peter D. Blanken,
  • Dominique Brunet,
  • Christian Dominguez,
  • Sentia Goursaud,
  • Sharfaa Hussain,
  • Madhavi Jain,
  • Gerbrand Koren,
  • Ye Mu,
  • Pallav Ray,
  • Pallavi Saxena,
  • Saurabh Sonwani,
  • Dibyendu Sur
Peter D. Blanken
University of Colorado Boulder
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Dominique Brunet
Meteorological Research Division
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Christian Dominguez
Instituto de Ciencias de la Atmósfera y Cambio Climático, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

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Sentia Goursaud
University of Cambridge
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Sharfaa Hussain
Department of Environmental Studies, Tezpur University
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Madhavi Jain
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
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Gerbrand Koren
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development
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Ye Mu
Department of Geography
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Pallav Ray
Florida Institute of Technology
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Pallavi Saxena
Jawaharlal Nehru University
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Saurabh Sonwani
Department of Environmental Studies, Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi, New Delhi
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Dibyendu Sur
University of Colorado Boulder
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This collaborative article discusses the opportunities and challenges of adopting Integrated, Coordinated, Open, and Networked (ICON) principles in atmospheric sciences. From the global nature of the atmosphere, there has always been a need for atmospheric science to be an ICON science. With the help of evolving technology, it is possible to go further in implementing and spreading the ICON principles for productive global collaboration. In particular, technology transfer and applications could be approached with reproducibility in mind, and data-sharing infrastructure could enable easier and better international collaboration. There are, however, various challenges in following the ICON principles in the collection, quality control, and maintenance of data, and the publication of results in a systematic way. Moreover, the extent of such issues varies geographically and hence poses different challenges to ICON principles. In this commentary article, we briefly state our perspectives on the state of ICON, challenges we have met, and future opportunities. Furthermore, we describe how atmospheric science researchers have benefited from these collaborative multi-dimensional approaches that fulfill the core goal of ICON.
Feb 2022Published in Earth and Space Science volume 9 issue 2. 10.1029/2021EA002204