2013 Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO): First Report Now Available

Date: 
5 April 2013

Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)

For more information, please go to:
http://www.arcus.org/search/siwo

Or contact:
Kristina Creek, SEARCH Project Office, ARCUS
Email: creek@arcus.org

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The first report of the 2013 Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) is now
available! To access the report and for more information, go to the SIWO
website at: http://www.arcus.org/search/siwo.

The Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook, an activity of the Study of
Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Sea Ice Outlook
(http://www.arcus.org/search/seaiceoutlook/), is a resource for Alaska
Native subsistence hunters, coastal communities, and others interested
in sea ice and walrus.

The SIWO will be updated weekly with information on sea ice conditions
relevant to walrus in the Northern Bering Sea and southern Chukchi Sea
regions of Alaska. SIWO updates will be released every Friday.

SIWO reports include:

- An assessment of current ice conditions relevant to distribution
and access of walrus;
- A 10-day outlook of wind conditions;
- Up-to-date satellite imagery for the Bering Strait and St.
Lawrence Island, which are two regions of interest to coastal
communities engaging in the walrus hunt;
- Written observations of ice development from Alaska Native
hunters, sea-ice experts, or researchers; and
- Additional data and resources on ice conditions.

This collaboration includes weather and ice forecasters; climate
scientists and sea-ice researchers at NOAA, the National Weather
Service, and the University of Alaska; and the Arctic Research
Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS, with funding from the National Science
Foundation's Arctic Sciences Section), who are teaming up with Alaska
Native sea-ice experts and the Eskimo Walrus Commission.

Updates and observations may be added throughout the week, as they are
received. If you are a local hunter, expert, or a scientist with
observations on the development of sea ice or any other aspect of walrus
and sea ice, please send your comments to Kristina Creek
(creek@arcus.org); your comments will be included on the SIWO webpage.
Local observers, please include the name of the village from which you
are reporting to help us organize the observations accordingly.

To access the report and for more information, go to the SIWO website at:
http://www.arcus.org/search/siwo.

The Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook Facebook page is available at:
http://www.facebook.com/seaiceforwalrus.

Or contact:
Kristina Creek, SEARCH Project Office, ARCUS
Email: creek@arcus.org

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