Sea Ice Prediction Network

Networking scientists and stakeholders to improve sea ice prediction in a changing Arctic

Sea Ice Prediction Network


Workshop Webcast

Photo by Bruce Elder, Courtesy of Robert Harris (PolarTREC 2007)
24 March 2014

The Sea Ice Prediction workshop next week will be webcast. Information on how to join, as well as an updated workshop agenda and participant list, can be found on the workshop webpage.

SIPN Team Member in the News

Julienne Stroeve
10 March 2014

Julienne Stroeve is lead author on a Geophysical Research Letters article, "Changes in Arctic melt season and implications for sea ice loss”. The study has received a lot of good press coverage.

April Workshop

Photo by Ute Kaden (TREC 2005), Courtesy of ARCUS
6 March 2014

A 2-day Sea Ice Prediction Network workshop in Boulder, Colorado, will provide a venue for in-depth discussion on the 2014 SEARCH Sea Ice Outlook and related sea ice prediction science.

SIPN Webinar Archive

Photo by Simone Welch (PolarTREC 2009), Courtesy of ARCUS
5 March 2014

The archive of the 20 February SIPN Webinar is now available. This archive includes audio, video, and presentation slides in PDF format.

Photo by Jeff Peneston (PolarTREC 2008/2009), Courtesy of ARCUSPhoto by Jeff Peneston (PolarTREC 2008/2009), Courtesy of ARCUS


  • Decline in the extent and thickness of Arctic sea ice is an active area of scientific effort and one with significant implications for ecosystems and communities in the Arctic and globally.

  • Forecasting for seasonal timescales (i.e., the summer and into fall) is of particular interest to many stakeholders since many activities that take place in the arctic are planned over the summer months, and many species are sensitive to the behavior of summer sea ice.

  • However, seasonal forecasting is particularly challenging due to the variable nature of weather and ocean behavior over that timescale as well as current limits to data and modeling capabilities.

  • SIPN builds and expands on the Sea Ice Outlook project.

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN)—to be launched over the fall 2013—will develop a collaborative network of scientists and stakeholders to advance research on sea ice prediction and communicate sea ice knowledge and tools.

Project Objectives

  1. Coordinate and evaluate activities to predict sea ice
  2. Integrate, assess and guide observations
  3. Synthesize predictions and observations
  4. Disseminate predictions and engage key stakeholders

Project Summary from original proposal (PDF - 76 KB)

Mailing List

To receive announcements about SIPN, subscribe to our email list here.
We will be developing this website and announcing activities in the coming months.

Data Sets

NSIDC maintains a website to provides access to SIPN-related data sets:

Join the Network

We are also inviting project collaborators and network participants at this time. Action Teams will be formed around the project objectives and will provide opportunities for collaboration. If you are interested in participating in the network—through participation in an action team, modeling/prediction activities, as a data provider, or as a stakeholder—you can join the network by emailing any member of the Network Team or by filling out the interest form at the bottom of this page.

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Network Leadership Team