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Twitter Updates

31 August 2015

Follow us on twitter @ArcticResearch, hashtag #GLACIER, for updates on the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) Conference in Anchorage on 31 August 2015.

SEARCH Chair, Hajo Eicken, invited to present at U.S. Dept. of State GLACIER Conference

27 August 2015
DOS

Dr. Eicken will be joining the international array of foreign ministers and high-level leaders attending the U.S. State Department's conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) in Anchorage, AK this week (Aug 30-31) to discuss Arctic science priorities for an Arctic Observing Network.

Sea Ice Co-Chair To Speak on Arctic Links to Central U.S.

26 August 2015
University of Nebraska-Lincoln's School of Natural Resources

Sea Ice Action Team Co-Chair, Jennifer Francis, will be the plenary speaker for the Implications of a Changing Arctic on Water Resources and Agriculture in the Central U.S. workshop taking place at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's School of Natural Resources on November 10, 2015 from 7-9pm.

The goal of the workshop is to build public awareness on the importance of the Arctic and the implications of changes in this region for the central U.S. The workshop is sponsored by NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System, USDA's Office of the Chief Economist and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's School of Natural Resources.

Dr. Brendan Kelly Selected as SEARCH Executive Director

21 August 2015
Dr. Brendan Kelly

The Science Steering Committee (SSC) of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) program has announced the selection of Brendan Kelly, PhD as its new Executive Director. Dr. Kelly will assume the duties of his new role on 21 September 2015.

As SEARCH Executive Director, Dr. Kelly will work with the SEARCH SSC to provide leadership and strategic direction to the SEARCH program and to forge strong cooperative relationships between academia, agencies, and stakeholders.

Sea Ice Outlook August Report

20 August 2015
Figure 1. Distribution of individual Pan-Arctic Outlook values (August Report) for September 2015 sea ice extent.

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces the release of the 2015 August Sea Ice Outlook (SIO). There were 38 (including one regional only) contributions—again a new record for the total number of submissions. Contributions were based on a range of methods: statistical, dynamical models, estimates based on trends, and subjective information. The median August Outlook for September 2015 Arctic sea ice extent is 4.8 million square kilometers (km2), 200,000 km2 lower than the June and July medians. This is the last monthly SIO report for the 2015 season. Post-season activities will provide an analysis of the different Outlook methodologist as well as a general review of sea ice dynamics over the summer. For more information, contact Betsy Turner-Bogren (betsy [at] arcus.org).

Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting

20 August 2015
Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting

Registration and abstract submission is now open for the Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting. The meeting will be held 17-19 November 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The open meeting will provide an opportunity to present and discuss scientific findings and advances resulting from Arctic observing projects funded by federal, state, and local agencies, and private and non-profit organizations.

Action Team News

18 August 2015
Science Friday

SEARCH Action Team Leader, Fiamma Straneo, was a guest this month on NPR's Science Friday news program. Listen to Fiamma discuss the important role Greenland's glaciers play in the changing Arctic with program host Ira Flatow here (Fiamma joins the program at 14:18).

Call for Contributions: August Sea Ice Outlook Report

3 August 2015
The Polar Sea cuts right though the thick sea ice. The blue color means it is multiyear ice (ice that has survived at least two summers). Aboard the USCGC Polar Sea icebreaker in the Beaufort Sea.

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces a call for Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) contributions to the August report (based on May, June, and July data). The SIO 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. Submission deadline: Monday, 10 August 2015.

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.