News Archive

Sea Ice Outlook July Report

23 July 2015

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces the release of the July Arctic Sea Ice Outlook. We received 35 contributions, surpassing last month’s record number of submissions! The submissions use a range of methods including statistical, numerical models, trend-based estimates, and subjective information. The median Outlook value for September 2015 sea ice extent is 5.0 million square kilometers (km2), which is the same as June’s prediction. The overall range is 3.3 to 5.7 million km2 (with the exception of one 0.98 km2 outlying estimate). This month’s report also includes a discussion about the 11 dynamical model contributions as well as sections on regional predictions and the current conditions of the sea ice.

PolarTREC Update

21 July 2015
PolarTREC Poster

PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is currently accepting applications. Researchers and teachers are invited to submit an application for expeditions during the 2016 (usually Arctic) or 2016-2017 (usually Antarctic) field seasons.

Save the Date - Sea Ice Prediction Workshop

17 July 2015

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces plans to convene a Sea Ice Prediction Workshop tentatively scheduled for 4-6 May 2016 at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. This workshop will focus on sea ice prediction on sub-seasonal to inter-annual timescales. Organizers welcome participants with interests in research and operational forecasting. Forecast users are especially encouraged to attend. Outcomes of the meeting will include recommendations for the Sea Ice Outlook and other activities related to sea ice prediction. More specific meeting goals will be available closer to the event. To stay informed about this meeting, please subscribe to the SIPN mailing list. For questions, contact Betsy Turner-Bogren (betsy [at] arcus.org).

SEARCH AGU Session

16 July 2015
SEARCH AGU Session

SEARCH and the Polar Research Board announce a call for abstract submissions to a general session of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2015 Fall Meeting on the effects of system-wide Arctic change (Session #8477). The meeting will be held in San Francisco 14-18 December. The abstract submission deadline is 5 August 2015. For more information, contact Sea Ice Action Team co-lead Jennifer Francis (francis [at] imcs.rutgers.edu).

Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) Webinar

14 July 2015
Sun bounces off of the sea ice on a clear sunny day in the Arctic. Aboard the USCGC Polar Sea icebreaker in the Beaufort Sea.

Registration is now available for a SIPN webinar entitled "Industry Needs for Seasonal and Sub-seasonal Sea Ice Information and Predictions." This webinar will provide a brief overview of contrasts and commonalities between sea ice variables relevant for geophysical or climate research and those relevant for operational needs in Arctic seas. It is scheduled for Tuesday, 11 August 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. AKDT. For more information, contact Betsy Turner-Bogren at ARCUS (betsy [at] arcus.org).

Call for Public Comments

9 July 2015
A trail of broken sea ice left behind the USCGC Healy.

Igor Polyakov et al. seek public comment on a white paper summarizing the concept of an experimental program drafted by participants of an open workshop entitled "Observations of upper-ocean and sea-ice interactions in the eastern Arctic Ocean," which convened 24-25 April 2014. More information about the workshop is available here. The deadline for public comments is Friday, 24 July. Comments and questions should be directed to Igor Polyakov (igor [at] iarc.uaf.edu).

To download a pdf of the White Paper and an Executive Summary, please see Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) Related Efforts.

Call for Contributions: July Sea Ice Outlook Report

30 June 2015
Call for Informal and Early Season Contributions to 2015 SIO

The Sea Ice Prediction Network announces a call for Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) contributions to the July report—based on May and June data. The Sea Ice Outlook provides an open process for those interested in Arctic sea ice to share predictions and ideas about the monthly September minimum sea ice extent. Join a growing network of sea ice experts and contribute a pan-Arctic, regional, or informal Outlook.

Sea Ice Outlook in the News

26 June 2015
Sea Ice Outlook in the News

The 2015 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) - June Report received great media coverage by the Alaska Dispatch News. In an article, posted on 25 June, reporter Yareth Rosen provides a summary of the SIO goals and process, range of methods contributors used, links to Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) and associated agencies, and the June median outlook for sea ice extent in September -- converted to square miles (1.93 million square miles).

June Report for the 2015 Sea Ice Outlook

24 June 2015
June Report for the 2015 Sea Ice Outlook Now Available

We received a record 32 contributions using a range of methods including statistical, numerical models, trend-based estimates, and subjective information. The median Outlook value for September 2015 sea ice extent is 5.0 million square kilometers, and predictions fall in a range of 3.3 to 5.7 km2 (with the exception of one 0.98 km2 outlying estimate). This month’s report also includes a discussion about the 11 dynamical model contributions as well as sections on regional predictions and the current conditions of the sea ice.

Resource Available

21 June 2015
Photo by Ute Kaden (TREC 2005), Courtesy of ARCUS

The SIPN 2014 Sea Ice Action Team members Julienne Stroeve, Ed Blanchard-Wrigglesworth, Virginie Guemas, Stephen Howell, François Massonnet, and Steffen Tietsche published a discussion of the 2014 Sea Ice Outlook and forecasting skill of models that predict the extent and other characteristics of Arctic sea ice cover. Their article "Improving Prediction of Arctic Sea Ice Extent" is published in EOS.

Witness the Arctic

12 June 2015
Witness the Arctic Volume 19 Number 2

The Spring 2015 issue of Witness the Arctic is now published online. This issue includes an ARCUS Member Highlight of the Smithsonian Institution’s Arctic Studies Center; updates on the SEARCH program, related activities, and research; news about recent appointments to the NSF Division of Polar Programs; reports from Arctic natural and social science, data, education, and public outreach projects and interagency programs; updates from USARC, the Polar Research Board, ICARP III, and ASSW; an introduction of ARCUS’ new Executive Director, Robert Rich, from the ARCUS Board President; and a note from Dr. Rich to the community.

Call for Contributions: June Sea Ice Outlook Report

5 June 2015
Distribution of individual Pan-Arctic Outlook values (August 2014 Report)

The Sea Ice Prediction Network announces the launch of the 2015 Sea Ice Outlook season with the first call for contributions for the June report! The Sea Ice Outlook provides an open process for those interested in Arctic sea ice to share predictions and ideas about the monthly September minimum sea ice extent. Join a growing network of sea ice experts and contribute a pan-Arctic, regional, or informal Outlook.

ArcticInfo Submission Form

2 June 2015
A Weddell seal pup sleeps on the ice.

ARCUS has a new submission form available for ArcticInfo, our moderated mailing list that keeps over 6,000 people in the Arctic community informed about funding opportunities, new resources, upcoming meetings, job openings, and more. The submission form provides an easy way for the community to submit announcements and make sure that all relevant information is included.

If you have an announcement that you want distributed, either use the submission form (recommended!) or email list [at] arcus.org.

New IceBridge and CryoSat-2 Sea Ice Thickness Data Sets

29 May 2015
CryoSat-2 Sea Ice Freeboard, Thickness, and Snow Depth

Announcing the recent release of new IceBridge and CryoSat-2 sea ice thickness data sets for the 2015 spring season.

The NASA IceBridge Sea Ice Freeboard, Snow Depth, and Thickness Quick Look data set is an evaluation product containing derived geophysical data products retrieved over the Arctic sea ice cover.

The NASA CryoSat-2 Sea Ice Freeboard, Thickness, and Snow Depth Quick Look product is an experimental sea ice thickness data set containing derived geophysical data products retrieved over the Arctic sea ice cover.

Call for Informal and Early Season Contributions to 2015 SIO

14 May 2015
Call for Informal and Early Season Contributions to 2015 SIO

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces a call for informal and early season contributions to the 2015 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO). This call offers a forum for sharing information on sea ice parameters other than extent and/or for other time periods than are included in the regular monthly reports. It is in addition to the calls for contributions to the regular SIO monthly reports in June, July, and August.

Evaluation Report Available

7 May 2015
Evaluation Report Available

Final report for the Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE) pilot program. The program goal was to advance polar science education and understanding by students from the U.S. and Chile through hands-­on field experiences.

New ARCUS Executive Director

6 May 2015
ARCUS

The Board of Directors of ARCUS announced today the selection of Robert H. Rich, PhD, CAE as its Executive Director. He will assume the duties of leading the Consortium's staff on 18 May 2015. Rich earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master's degree from Harvard University, and a Bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Most recently, Dr. Rich served as Director, Strategy Development for the American Chemical Society (ACS), where he served for 16 years in a variety of roles including career development, research grants, membership, and strategy. Prior to joining the ACS, he worked in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Research Competitiveness Program and at the U.S. National Institutes of Health in fundamental research and in the Office of Science Policy.

Webinar Archive Available

6 May 2015
Sun bounces off of the sea ice on a clear sunny day in the Arctic. Aboard the USCGC Polar Sea icebreaker in the Beaufort Sea.

The archive is now available for the 5 May 2015 Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) webinar "Observations of Arctic Snow and Sea Ice Thickness from Satellite and Airborne Surveys" presented by Nathan Kurtz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The archive includes a video of the webinar, the presentation slides, and a list of webinar participants.

PolarTREC Teacher Highlights

30 April 2015
PolarTREC teachers John Wood and Susan Steiner

PolarTREC is proud to share two new videos highlighting PolarTREC alumnus John Wood and Susan Steiner. These videos showcase the teachers' PolarTREC experience and how working with scientists impacts them personally as well as their students in the classroom.

Watch John Wood Video

Watch Susan Steiner Video

Learn more about PolarTREC!

Sea Ice Prediction Network Webinar Scheduled

15 April 2015
Sun bounces off of the sea ice on a clear sunny day in the Arctic. Aboard the USCGC Polar Sea icebreaker in the Beaufort Sea.

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) will host an open webinar entitled "Observations of Arctic Snow and Sea Ice Thickness from Satellite and Airborne Surveys." The presentation, given by Nathan Kurtz of NASA's Cryospheric Sciences Lab at Goddard, will focus on the current state and availability of snow and sea ice thickness data from NASA's Operation IceBridge airborne surveys and the European Space Agency's CryoSat-2 satellite mission. The accuracy and limitations of these operational data sets will also be discussed to place the utility of the data in context for use in a variety of study areas.

This one-hour webinar is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. AKDT (11:00 a.m. PDT, 12:00 p.m. MDT, 1:00 p.m. CDT, and 2:00 EDT) on Tuesday, 5 May 2015.

More information about the webinar is available here.