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Call for Sea Ice Outlook Contributions

27 May 2022
Call for Sea Ice Outlook Contributions

The Sea Ice Prediction Network–Phase 2 (SIPN2) Project Team announces the Call for Contributions to the 2022 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. Four monthly reports during the sea-ice retreat season will include a variety of contributions—from advanced numerical models to qualitative perspectives from citizen scientists—as well as brief related discussions. Organizers encourage all past contributors to submit Outlooks for 2022 and also hope to see new participants.

Submission Deadline: 6:00 p.m. (AKDT) Monday, 13 June 2022 (Firm)

For questions, contact Betsy Turner-Bogren (betsy [at] arcus.org)

Witness Community Highlights

23 May 2022
Witness Community Highlights

The May 2022 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes three articles: Springtime at the Arctic Data Center, a summary of recently developed resources; the ARCUS Community Member Profile of Hannah Holland-Moritz, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of New Hampshire; and Legal and Inupiat Perspectives on Adaptations to Repetitive Flooding Events in Arctic Communities, an overview of efforts to investigate options, obstacles, and opportunities related to climate change adaptation.

For questions, or to suggest topics for future articles, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren, ARCUS (betsy [at] arcus.org).

Arctic Research Community Survey

18 May 2022
Arctic Research Community Survey

The Arctic Data Center, the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), and ARCUS are jointly conducting a survey of the Arctic research community to develop a better understanding of the networks, forums, resources, tools, workshops, and trainings that support Arctic research collaboration and data management. The survey will be open until 15 June and all individuals who engage in Arctic research activities are invited to participate. The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Responses will be anonymized and available to the public after collection.

Live Event with PolarTREC Teacher Erin Towns

3 May 2022
Live Event with PolarTREC Teacher Erin Towns

Please join us for a PolarConnect event with teacher Erin Towns from Ilulissat, Greenland! This live event will happen on Tuesday, 10 May at 6 a.m. Alaska (7 a.m. Pacific, 8 a.m. Mountain, 9 a.m. Central, 10 a.m. Eastern). Erin is working on the Greenland Subglacial Tremor Project which will improve our understanding of how increases in surface runoff will influence ice flow and subsequent loss of water mass from the Greenland ice sheet to the oceans. You can read more about her experiences in the field on her expedition page. The event will last for one hour with a Q&A session at the end. Tell your friends, colleagues, and family. This event is free and easy to join!

Polar Technology Community Forum Meeting

2 May 2022
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The Polar Technology Community Forum will have their first self-forming team meeting on Friday, 6 May 2022, 9:00-10:00 a.m. AKDT/10:00–11:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 –2:00 p.m. EDT. This open meeting will include information about the intentions for this team, outcomes from the 2020 Polar Technology Conference, and a presentation from Mike Prior-Jones (Cardiff University) entitled, "Solar regulators: how to stop them sucking the life out of your polar instrumentation". Login information will be sent to all IARPC Polar Technology Community Forum members prior to the event. Joining the IARPC Collaborations forum is free and membership can be requested through the IARPC webpage. The meeting and team membership are open to all who are interested in Arctic and Antarctic polar technology.

Witness Community Highlights

27 April 2022
Witness Community Highlights

The April 2022 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: Investigating Dramatic Growth in Thermokarst Features in Interior Alaska, an overview of how climate warming across interior Alaska has dramatically increased the top-down thaw of permafrost; and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Tools for Arctic Research, a discussion of how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) offer strong applications to Arctic science problems.

For questions, or to suggest topics for future articles, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren, ARCUS (betsy [at] arcus.org).

PolarTREC Teacher Heading to Greenland

20 April 2022
Photo by Tina Ciarametaro

PolarTREC teacher Erin Towns is heading to Ilulissat, a coastal town in western Greenland, to work with a team of researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on the Greenland Subglacial Tremor Project. They will be in Greenland to learn more about the Greenland ice sheet, examining how increases in surface runoff will influence ice flow and subsequent loss of water mass from the Greenland ice sheet to the oceans. Ms. Towns will be sharing her experience through journals, photos, videos, and real-time webinars.

Arctic Research Seminar with Dr. Tobias Schwoerer

20 April 2022
Arctic Research Seminar Series

ARCUS invites registration for the next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Dr. Tobias Schwoerer (University of Alaska Fairbanks). Dr. Schwoerer’s presentation, titled “Harnessing the Power of Community Science to Address Data Gaps in Arctic Observing,” will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, 11 May 2022 at 9:00 a.m. AKDT (1:00 p.m. EDT). Registration is required for this event.

Arctic Research Seminar with Denver Holt

5 April 2022
Female snowy owl. Photo by Elizabeth Eubanks

ARCUS invites registration for the next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Denver Holt, founder and president of the Owl Research Institute. Denver’s presentation, titled “30 Years of Snowy Owl and Lemming Research at Utqiagvik, Alaska” will be held via Zoom on Thursday, 14 April 2022 at 9:00 a.m. AKDT (1:00 p.m. EDT). Registration is required for this event.

Community and Citizen Science in the Far North Conference Report

4 April 2022
Community and Citizen Science in the Far North Conference Report

The Community and Citizen Science in the Far North Conference Report, is available for downloading. The virtual conference was held in October 2021 and focused on sharing, networking, and discussing the various aspects of conducting community and citizen science research in the Arctic. This conference was in response to a growing community of Arctic researchers, Arctic communities, and Arctic visitors that are becoming more engaged in research. The report summarizes the conference, shares conference outcomes, and suggests next steps to continue the discussions and networking that started at the conference.

Call for ARCUS Membership Committee Nominations

31 March 2022
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ARCUS announces a call for nominations for members to serve on the consortium’s Membership Committee.The ARCUS Membership Committee is a standing committee established by the ARCUS Board of Directors to plan and support activities for ARCUS members and the wider Arctic research community, including planning and hosting the ARCUS Annual Meeting. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve an active role in developing and strengthening relationships with fellow ARCUS members. 

Witness Community Highlights

28 March 2022
Witness Community Highlights

The March 2022 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: COVID-19 in Remote Alaska Communities: A Longitudinal View of a Novel Pandemic, an overview of recent research aiming to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on daily life in remote Alaska; and the ARCUS Member Profile of Gabriella Gricius highlighting her research interests and activities.

For questions, or to suggest topics for future articles, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren, ARCUS (betsy [at] arcus.org).

Two Live Events with PolarTREC Educator Sarah Johnson

23 March 2022
Sea ice sculptures in Utqiaġvik, Alaska. Photo by Frank Kelley.

PolarTREC Educator Sarah Johnson will be part of two live events from Utqiaġvik, Alaska while she is in the field with the International Arctic Buoy Program team. On Tuesday, April 5th, join her for a live PolarConnect Event (webinar) at 7:00 am AKDT (11:00 am EDT). Registration is required for this event. Also, on Friday, April 1st, you can listen to a live broadcast with Sarah and the International Arctic Buoy Program team on KBRW (Top of the World radio) at 7:30 am AKDT (11:30 am EDT). The interview can be heard at KBRW's website.

Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook 2022 Season Begins

22 March 2022
Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook 2022 Season Begins

The Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) will begin the spring outlook season on Friday, 25 March. The outlook is a partnership with local observers in seven Bering Strait communities, the National Weather Service, and other organizations to share sea ice and weather forecasts and local observations, satellite images, and other products relevant to nearshore travel in coastal Bering Strait communities.

ARCUS at Arctic Science Summit Week 2022

21 March 2022
Arctic Observing Summit Logo

ARCUS will be participating virtually in Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2022 sessions, including presentation of two posters at the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS). The posters are, “A Unique Perspective on the Arctic Observing Network through the Lens of Program Support and Coordination” and “Building a Community & Citizen Science in the Far North Community of Practice”. They will be presented during the AOS poster session on Thursday, 31 March 2022, 20:00–21:30 CET (11am–12:30pm AKDT). Virtual registration is free.

ARCUS Early Career Conference Funding Award Winners Selected

18 March 2022
ARCUS Logo

ARCUS would like to congratulate the winners of our Early Career Conference Funding Award! This round of awardees received support for virtual conference registration and fees. Congratulations to: Lauren Kipp, Julio Ceniceros, Haley Cynar, Kharis Schrage, Lydia Schoeppner, Grant Peel, Alicia Blanton, Cameron McMillan, Tanea Fisher, Richterica Ford, Thomasina Horton, Margaret Lindeman, Rajesh Kandel. Saravanan Kanagaratnam, and Victoria Bergstrom!

2021 ARCUS Annual Meeting Report

1 March 2022
ARCUS Annual Meeting Report Cover

A report on the 2021 ARCUS Annual Meeting is now available. The ARCUS Annual Meeting was held virtually on 4 November 2021 and brought together more than 128 individuals from the Arctic research community, including 50 attendees from ARCUS Member Institutions and 15 ARCUS Individual Members. This annual open meeting serves as an important opportunity for the ARCUS community to share updates, explore common issues, and discuss collaboration opportunities.

2021 Sea Ice Outlook Post-Season Report

28 February 2022
2021 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) Post-Season Report is Now Available Online

The 2021 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) Post-Season Report is now available online. The SIO is a community network activity led by the Sea Ice Prediction Network-Phase 2 (SIPN2) Project Team with contributions from key partners. This report includes a review of the 2021 SIO contributions and sea-ice extent anomalies, discussions and analysis of observed Arctic conditions during the sea-ice retreat season, a review of Antarctic conditions and contributions, discussions of SIO forecast methods and skill relative to control forecasts, information about new data products for sea-ice forecasting, and a summary from the Sea Ice Drift Forecast Experiment (SIDFEx).

Witness Community Highlights

24 February 2022
Witness Community Highlights

The February 2022 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: Fourth International Conference for Arctic Research Planning outlines the coordinated multi-year planning process that will engage Arctic researchers, policy makers, residents, and stakeholders; and Supporting Collaboration and Equitable Knowledge-Sharing Within and Beyond the Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Initiative provides an overview of the focus and activities initiated by the new Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO).

For questions, or to suggest topics for future articles, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren, ARCUS (betsy [at] arcus.org).

Arctic Research Virtual Speed Networking

19 February 2022

Looking for collaborators in Arctic research? Join ARCUS and IARPC Collaborations for a virtual speed networking session on Tuesday, 26 April from 9-10:30am AK, 10-11:30am PT, 11-12:30pm MT, 12-1:30pm CT, 1-2:30pm ET. Over the course of 1.5 hours, researchers will be split into a series of small groups to rapidly get to know one another and explore shared research interests. Groups will be organized across diverse disciplines, knowledge systems, and career levels.

NOTE: ARCUS has made the difficult decision to temporarily pause collaborations with Russian-based organizations; individuals from Russian- or Belarus-based organizations will not be allowed to register or participate in this event at this time.