SEARCH : Study of Environmental Arctic Change

Welcome to SEARCH

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

What's New?

Input Requested to AON Position Paper

10 November 2014: SEARCH requests input on a draft position paper on issues related to the design and implementation of an integrated Arctic Observing Network (AON). The paper represents a synthesis of discussions within SEARCH over the last year and builds on past SEARCH-AON community events and workshops. Key issues addressed in the paper include governance, network integration, and sustained funding. The deadline for input is Friday, 21 November 2014. The draft position paper can be found 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. 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."

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}.

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.