News Archive

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.

Sea Ice Concentration Fields for Operational Ice Forecasting

6 April 2015

NSIDC announces availability of the MASIE-AMSR2 (MASAM2) daily 4 km sea ice concentration, which is a prototype concentration product offering greater accuracy and higher resolution in ice concentration fields used to initialize an operational sea ice forecast model. MASAM2 is a blend of two other daily sea ice data products: ice coverage from the Multisensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent (MASIE) product, at a 4 km grid cell size, and ice concentrations from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) at a 10 km grid cell size. This prototype MASAM2 product currently covers July 2012 through mid-November 2014, but it will become a daily product if there is demand for such a product.

Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook Released

3 April 2015
Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook

The 2015 Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) is in full swing! Reports will be released each Friday from now until the end of the summer ice season.

SIWO is a collaboration between weather and ice forecasters, climate scientists and sea-ice researchers, and Alaska Native sea-ice experts. It focuses on the ice conditions in the northern Bering and southern Chukchi Seas, and produces weekly reports on ice and weather conditions for Alaska Native subsistence hunters, coastal communities, and anyone interested in sea ice and walrus.

Call for Nominations

26 March 2015
Ice formations at the foot of Russell Glacier. Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

ARCUS seeks nominations for the Organizing Committee of the Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting that will convene for 2.5 days during the week of 16 November 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The conference will bring together individuals and teams involved in the collection, processing, analysis, and use of observations in the Arctic. Submission deadline: Friday, 27 March 2015.

SIPN Leadership Team Member Provides Testimony to U.S. Senate Committee

20 March 2015

On Thursday, 5 March 2015 Cecilia Bitz provided the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with testimony about Arctic research opportunities. Her comments featured the Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) as an example of exciting new work that could deliver even more relevant information to policy makers with further investments. Her comments are recorded from 1:26 to 1:31 in the archived video.

Webinar Archive Available

6 March 2015

The archive is now available for the Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) webinar on "Sea Ice Modeling: Characteristics and Processes Critical for the Radiation Budget," presented by Elizabeth Hunke, Los Alamos National Laboratory. The archive includes video of the webinar, the presentation slides, and a list of webinar participants.

Webinar Reminder

3 March 2015

Reminder: Webinar today, Tuesday, 3 March 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. AKST. on "Sea Ice Modeling: Characteristics and Processes Critical for the Radiation Budget." The speaker is Elizabeth Hunke, Los Alamos National Laboratory. This webinar is designed for the sea ice research community and others interested in learning about sea ice modeling from the global climate model perspective.

Witness the Arctic

27 February 2015
Witness the Arctic Volume 19 Number 1

The Winter 2015 issue of Witness the Arctic is now published online. We are pleased with our new graphic-friendly format for email delivery of the newsletter. This issue includes information about the SEARCH program and related activities, Arctic Research Support and Logistics program updates, news from ACADIS, information related to an Executive Order to coordinate Arctic-related activities, new communication and collaboration tools from IARPC, an overview of NOAA's 2014 Arctic Report Card, updates on upcoming international meetings (ICARP III and ASSW 2016), and a profile of ARCUS board member Mark Ivey.

SEARCH Committee Nominations

24 February 2015
SEARCH Committee Nominations

The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) seeks nominations of candidates for the SEARCH Science Steering Committee (SSC) that are broad and cross-disciplinary thinkers, good communicators and consensus-builders, and have a strong commitment to the SEARCH vision. While we welcome nominations from all disciplines and research backgrounds, to complement existing strengths we are particularly interested in members with expertise in the social sciences (including economics), human dimensions, science-policy linkages, and those with expertise in partnering with stakeholders outside the academic and US federal scientific communities. Nominations are due Monday, 9 March.

ICARP III Webinar Archive

19 February 2015
ICARP III: Integrating Arctic Research: a Roadmap for the Future

A complete archive of the webinar on "International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP) III: Integrating Arctic Research—A Roadmap for the Future,” with presentations from Volker Rachold (Executive Secretary, International Arctic Science Committee) and Larry Hinzman (Director, International Arctic Research Center), is now available. Archived files include the presentation as a PDF, the participant list, and audio and video recordings.

Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) Webinar

19 February 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 "Sea Ice Modeling: Characteristics and Processes Critical for the Radiation Budget." The speaker is Elizabeth Hunke, Los Alamos National Laboratory. This webinar is designed for the sea ice research community and others interested in learning about sea ice modeling from the global climate model perspective. It is scheduled for Tuesday, 3 March 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. AKST. For more information, contact Betsy Turner-Bogren at ARCUS (betsy [at] arcus [dot] org).

PCPI Sea Ice Prediction Workshop

10 February 2015
Photo by Ute Kaden (TREC 2005), Courtesy of ARCUS

The Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (PCPI) announces a call for abstracts and registration for the Sea Ice Prediction Workshop 2015. This workshop will discuss polar climate variability and predictability on seasonal to decadal timescales. Presentations on understanding the causes of of inter-annual polar climate variability, as well as idealised predictability studies, and operational forecasts are welcome. The workshop will convene 8-10 April 2015 at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. For more information contact Ed Hawkins (e [dot] hawkins [at] reading [dot] ac [dot] uk).

ARCUS Informational Webinar

10 February 2015
ICARP III: Integrating Arctic Research: a Roadmap for the Future

ICARP III: Integrating Arctic Research: a Roadmap for the Future
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 8:00 a.m. AKST

The International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP) III aims at engaging all partners in shaping the future of Arctic research needs. The goal of the webinar is to provide information on ICARP III organization and activities.

SEARCH Job Openings

29 January 2015
SEARCH

This is a great time for experienced professionals interested in the Arctic! The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Polar Programs' Arctic Sciences Section. This grant will support a new structure and suite of activities, including new positions of SEARCH Executive Director, a Project Manager, and a Communicator/Facilitator.

PolarTREC Update

15 January 2015
Yamini Bala is with her team in Antarctica to study ice crystals and how their structure effects the flow of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet!

The PolarTREC team begins 2015 with two teachers' deployments in Antarctica as well as upcoming meetings on teacher-researcher partnerships and polar STEM education workshops with the National Science Teachers Association. Keep up with expeditions and events that connect students and the public to polar science at www.polartrec.com.