Call for Sea Ice Outlook Contributions Call for Input
Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) team members announce the call for contributions for the 2023 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) June report (based on May data). The SIO provides an open process for those interested in Arctic sea ice to share ideas. Monthly reports will include a variety of contributions—from advanced numerical models to qualitative perspectives from citizen scientists—as well as brief related discussions. Plans for a brief Post-Season Report will be developed at the end of the retreat season. The 2023 SIO effort is supported with funds from NSF award #1331083.
All past contributors and new participants are encouraged to submit Outlooks for 2023. Please distribute this announcement to others who might be interested in participating in the SIO.
Submission Deadline: 6:00 p.m. (AKDT) Monday, 12 June 2023 (Firm)
Arctic Research Seminar with Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq and Corina Qaaġraq Kramer Webinar
ARCUS invites registration for the next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq (Iñupiaq scholar, Virginia Tech) and Corina Qaaġraq Kramer (Director of Operations at Aqqaluk Trust). Cana and Corina’s presentation, titled “Getting Started with Equitable Arctic Research at Any Stage of Your Project: Tips from Inuit Arctic Researchers,” will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, 6 June 2023 at 9:00 a.m. AKDT (1:00 p.m. EDT). Registration is required for this event.
Witness Community Highlights Publication
The May 2023 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes three articles: Reflections on the Displacement of Yupik in Chukotka, a first-person account of the impacts of displacement on cultural survival; New Partnership Between IARPC and UIC Science, an announcement that IARPC's Secretariat is now supported by a subsidiary of the Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation; and Arctic Beaver Observation Network—Tracking a New Disturbance Regime, an overview of research and observations related to beaver colonization of the Arctic and the impacts it is having on ecosystems and people.
For questions, or to suggest topics for future articles, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren, ARCUS (betsy [at] arcus.org).
SIPN Journal Article Publication
We are excited to share a recent publication by Sea Ice Prediction Network-Phase 2 (SIPN2) team members on the forecast skill of the Sea Ice Outlook: Blanchard-Wrigglesworth, E., Bushuk, M., Massonnet, F., Hamilton, L. C., Bitz, C. M., Meier, W. N., & Bhatt, U. S. (2023). Forecast skill of the Arctic Sea Ice Outlook 2008–2022. Geophysical Research Letters.
PolarTREC Alumnus Returns to the Arctic Education
PolarTREC alumnus Sarah Johnson is returning to the Arctic in late March to assist with the University of Washington's International Arctic Buoy Programme. Sarah will travel to Utqiagvik to continue outreach started through her PolarTREC expedition in 2022. Researcher, Dr. Ignatius Rigor, will be returning to Utqiagvik to collect data and to continue work on a community science project called Float Your Boat, which helps community members and students learn about the Arctic Ocean. You can read more about Sarah's original expedition in the PolarTREC Virtual Base Camp.
ARCUS 2022 Annual Meeting Report Report
A report of the ARCUS 2022 Annual Meeting is now available for download. The report provides an overview of the meeting, a synthesis of the event’s small group discussions, links to shared resources, as well as a number of ideas and recommendations to inform future Arctic research community collaboration activities. We hope other organizations and individuals will join us in using the ARCUS Annual Meeting discussions to inform the development of their own partnerships and strategies to address the needs of the Arctic research community.
Call for 2023 Membership Committee Nominations Outreach
ARCUS invites nominations for committee members to serve on the consortium’s Membership Committee charged with planning and supporting ARCUS member engagement activities, including planning and hosting the ARCUS Annual Meeting. Nominations are due by 15 February.
ARCUS Welcomes New Board Members Announcement
In December 2022, ARCUS Member Representatives elected four individuals to the ARCUS Board of Directors. Congratulations to Heather Sauyaq Jean Gordon (Child Trends), Alexis Will (World Wildlife Fund), Cheryl Rosa (US Arctic Research Commission), and Victoria Herrmann (the Arctic Institute)! The newly elected cohort will serve three-year terms from 2022-2025. Dr. Rosa was re-elected to the Board, having completed her first term. Members of the Board of Directors are elected by designated representatives from ARCUS member institutions. ARCUS is grateful for the leadership, service, and varied perspectives they bring to Arctic research!
Upcoming Live Event from McMurdo Station, Antarctica Education
Join PolarTREC Tuesday, 24 January at 9:00 am Alaska time, for a live PolarConnect event with educator Bill Henske and the Dry Valleys Ecosystem Study team. Bill will be joined by members of "Team Wormherder" to discuss the research and fieldwork involved in the project, and what it's like to live and work in Antarctica. As part of the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) Program, Bill's presentation will focus on research being carried out in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. The Dry Valleys represent a region where life approaches its environmental limits. The overarching goal of this long-term research project is to document and understand how ecosystems respond to environmental changes.
You must register to attend this free event.
ARCUS 2022 Annual Report Report
As we wrap up the year, we invite you to learn more about ARCUS activities and achievements by exploring the 2022 ARCUS Annual Report. We are grateful for everyone in the ARCUS community and look forward to working with you in 2023!
The sea ice breaking up at the end of July on the Greenland Sea. Kap Hoegh, Greenland.
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