A number of studies indicate an apparent slowdown in the overall steady rise in global average surface temperature between roughly 1998 and 2014. Most models did not directly project such a slowdown—a fact that stimulated a lot of new research on variability of Earth’s climate system. At a September 2015 workshop, leading scientists gathered to share their research and current understanding of climate variability on decadal timescales (10 to 30 years).
The International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks announces that the 2016 IARC Summer School will be held 11-23 July.
Arctic climate is the result of a complex interplay between the atmosphere, the ocean, sea ice and a terrestrial component in which freezing and thawing are critical to variations over a range of timescales. Since changes in the Arctic may well have global implications, it is essential that Arctic climate simulations be enhanced in order to reduce the uncertainties in projections of climate change.
Rick Thoman, Climate Science and Services Manager, National Weather Service
University of Alaska Fairbanks, IARC/Akasofu 407, or online: 12:00 -1:00pm AKDT, 4:00 - 5:00pm EDT
The tools and techniques for making monthly and season scale climate forecasts are rapidly changing, with the potential to provide useful forecasts at the month and longer range. Rick Thoman (Climate Science and Services Manager, Environmental and Scientific Services Division, National Weather Service Alaska Region) will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review forecast tools and finish up with the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for the upcoming season.
Organizers announce that the Girls on Ice 2016 Expeditions are now accepting applications. The 2016 program includes two expeditions. The original North Cascades expedition in Washington State will be held 10-21 July 2016, and an Alaska-based expedition will take place 17-28 June 2016.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California
The International Glaciological Society will hold a second International Symposium on ‘Interactions of Ice Sheets and Glaciers with the Ocean’ in 2016. The symposium is a follow-on to the successful 2011 IGS symposium on the same theme, which brought together 194 delegates from nearly 20 countries and resulted in the publication of 36 peer-reviewed research articles cited over 650 times since 2012. The Symposium will also serve as the first of two annual Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes (FRISP) meetings to be held in 2016.
The international Polar Libraries Colloquy meets every four years to conference and present papers and posters relating to library and museum collections of with special collections in this field will attend. The colloquy is open to all and will include paper and poster sessions, keynoter Fran Ulmer (invited) and field trips in the area.
The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) invites members of the Arctic Community to participate in a survey to examine Arctic-Research information needs and how ARCUS can better meet these needs.The information from the survey will be used internally by ARCUS to make improvements to current communication channels. ARCUS asks that you complete the survey no later than Friday, 15 July 2015.
Recent extreme cold weather outbreaks across the mid-latitudes have been the subject of great interest to the public and debate among the scientific community, with some researchers proposing a link to the warming Artic. To learn about the latest observational and modeling studies that examine these linkages, join Judah Cohen (AER Inc./MIT) and Lantao Sun (U. Colorado, Boulder/NOAA ESRL) for this webinar.