SEARCH : Study of Environmental Arctic Change

Welcome to SEARCH

The SEARCH website is under construction; we are reorganizing it to reflect a new SEARCH structure and activities. If you have suggestions for the new website, please email Helen Wiggins at helen [at]

What's New?

Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting

The Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting will be held 17-19 November 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The goals of this open meeting are to:

  • Present and discuss scientific findings and advances resulting from Arctic observing projects funded by U.S. agencies and organizations;
  • Review operational and technological achievements of observing programs funded through local, state, and federal agencies and private and non-profit organizations;
  • Explore how well new scientific achievements meet science and mission objectives; and
  • Further define and strengthen collaborations.

Meeting website here.


December 2015: SEARCH will be participating in the 2015 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Learn more about the sessions, workshops, and events we will be hosting here.

Arctic Sea Ice Outlook - June Report

The Arctic Sea Ice Outlook June report is out! We received a record number of contributions: 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. This month’s report also includes a discussion about 11 dynamical model contributions as well as sections on regional predictions and the current conditions of the sea ice. See the report here.

Call for Nominations: SEARCH Science Steering Committee

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. See the announcement here.

New SEARCH Proposal Funded

The SEARCH SSC is excited to announce that a proposal to NSF to develop a new SEARCH structure and activities has been funded! As a first step in implementing activities under the new grant, which will be generally organized around the new SEARCH science goals, SEARCH held a small “kick off” meeting in September 2014. More information about that meeting and a variety of background materials are available here. The SEARCH website will be re-structured in the coming weeks to reflect the new activities. The general outline of the new structure is available below as the "Summary of New SEARCH Framework & Plan."

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)