REMINDER: Call for Input - SEARCH Five-Year Goals and Objectives

10 May 2012

SEARCH Five-Year Goals and Objectives
Study of Environmental Arctic Change

For additional information, please go to:

Deadline for input: Monday, 14 May 2012

For more information, please contact:
Helen Wiggins

The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Science Steering
Committee (SSC) announces a call for input into draft goals and
objectives to direct the SEARCH program in the next five years.

Over the past several months, SEARCH has undertaken a strategic planning
process to define clear directions and priorities to move SEARCH to a
fully implemented interagency program. Along with a new vision and
mission statement, the SEARCH SSC has developed a set of draft goals and
objectives with input from members of the arctic science community and
agency personnel. These goals are not intended to represent all of the
important science for SEARCH, but have been selected as shorter-term
priorities that are ready for implementation.

In brief, the draft SEARCH goals are:

1. Improve Understanding and Prediction of Sea Ice Changes and the
Consequences for Ecosystems, Human Activities, and Climate
2. Understand the Consequences of the Loss of Shallow Permafrost on
Arctic and Global Systems
3. Improve Predictions of Future Land-ice Loss and Impacts on Sea
4. Analyze Societal and Policy Implications of Arctic Environmental

The SEARCH SSC is now asking for further input from the broader arctic
science community on the draft goals and objectives. Specifically, for
each goal:

1. Do the objectives under each goal capture the most pressing
scientific priorities?
2. What specific science products, information, or services would be
useful to incorporate as outcomes for the goals/objectives?
3. Are there existing activities SEARCH should link to, or groups
SEARCH should collaborate with, for each goal/objective?

After this community review, the SEARCH SSC will work closely with
agency representatives on a plan to implement the goals and objectives
through research opportunities and community activities.

The draft goals and objectives, instructions for providing input, and
additional background documents are available at:

Deadline for input: Monday, 14 May 2012.

For more information, please contact:
Helen Wiggins

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