The Forum of Arctic Research Operators was initiated by 24 operators from 11 countries in August 1998, as a forum for logistics and operational support for scientific research in the Arctic.
The FARO logo is a lighthouse, symbolizing safety of operations, and furthermore, ‘faro’ is the Spanish word for Lighthouse. FARO has developed to become a platform for friendly exchange of information on operation of research vessels, stations and other infrastructure and over the years FARO has inspired many collaborations between member countries/institutions and organizations. Today FARO counts 21 member countries representing about 40 operators around the world.
Annual meetings are held during the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) in close collaboration with other organisations involved in Arctic research.
In this first Strategic Plan, FARO is focused on three facets:
Enhancing these aspects of our operation will have the largest impact on improving our ability to serve as an international platform for coordinating infrastructure to support science and logistics in the Arctic.
It is our view that this Strategic Plan will enable FARO to continue its facilitation of cooperation on Arctic scientific research, which is vital to understanding our rapidly changing world.
~ FARO Executive Committee
This document describes the roles and responsibilities of the different organizational elements of FARO.
FARO Executive Committee
FARO National Points of Contact
Memorandum of Understanding between FARO and IASC from 2023