SEARCH : Study of Environmental Arctic Change

Welcome to SEARCH

A system-scale, cross-disciplinary, long-term arctic research program

What's New?

Sea Ice Outlook

25 August 2014: The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN), a contribution to SEARCH, announces the August Sea Ice Outlook report, which synthesizes over 20 predictions of the 2014 minimum sea ice extent. The median value of the various estimates for September 2014 sea ice extent is 5.0 million square kilometers. {more}.

Long-term Observing

25 April 2014: Reminder: Funding for Long-term Observing Management and Governance Discussions {more}

Summary of New SEARCH Framework & Plan

This 5-page PDF summarizes the new SEARCH vision, mission, goals, planned activities, and structure: Download PDF here (900KB)

What's SEARCH?

Courtesy of Luci EningowukCoastal erosion due to thawing permafrost and increased wave action threatens several arctic communities, including Shishmaref, Alaska. Photo © Native Village of Shishmaref. Courtesy of Luci Eningowuk

SEARCH is an interagency effort to understand the nature, extent, and future development of the system-scale change presently seen in the Arctic. These changes are occurring across terrestrial, oceanic, atmospheric and human systems, including:

  • increased air temperatures over most of the Arctic;
  • changing ocean circulation and rising coastal sea level;
  • reduced sea ice cover; and
  • thawing permafrost.

The core aim of SEARCH is to understand the recent and ongoing complex of interrelated pan-arctic changes. These changes are affecting ecosystems, living resources, and the human population, and are impacting local and global economic activities.

Learn about the history and development of the SEARCH program. {more}

More information about SEARCH science, program planning, meetings, and resources are available through the links to the right.