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Sea Ice Outlook

About the Sea Ice Outlook

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The SEARCH Sea Ice Outlook is an international effort to provide a community-wide summary of the expected September arctic sea ice minimum. Monthly reports released throughout the summer synthesize community estimates of the current state and expected minimum of sea ice—at both a pan-arctic and regional scale.

The intent of the SEARCH Sea Ice Outlook effort is not to issue predictions, but rather to summarize all available data and observations to provide the scientific community, stakeholders, and the public the best available information on the evolution of arctic sea ice.

Sea Ice Outlook activities are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and through the volunteer efforts of contributors. The Outlook is organized by the SEARCH Project Office at the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS). The pan-arctic monthly reports are synthesized by James Overland, NOAA; the regional monthly reports are synthesized by Hajo Eicken and Adrienne Tivy, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Guidelines for Contributors

Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO)

The SIWO is a weekly report on sea ice conditions designed for Alaska Native subsistence hunters, coastal communities, and others interested in sea ice and walrus. {more}

Sea Ice Outlook Background

For information about the history and development of the SEARCH Sea Ice Outlook, visit the Background page.

  • ARCUS
  • NSF
  • NOAA