News Archive

PolarConnect Event with PolarTREC Teacher Cara Pekarcik

22 September 2016
First year ice. Photo by Cara Pekarcik

Join us for a PolarConnect Event with PolarTREC teacher Cara Pekarcik and the team studying Southern Ocean Diatoms on Monday, 3 October 2016 at 9:30am AKDT (10:30am PDT, 11:30am MDT, 12:30pm CDT, 1:30pm EDT).

This is a real-time event with Boston teacher Cara Pekarcik and the researcher team looking at Southern Ocean Diatoms. They will be sharing experiences and observations of their work aboard the R/V N.B. Palmer in the Southern Ocean off the tip of the Antarctic peninsula. Read more about the research and what Cara is learning here.

Webinar: Arctic Research to Promote Science Education and Citizen Empowerment

21 September 2016
PolarTREC researcher Max Holmes collects water samples with the help of local Zhigansk students.

On 27 September 9:00-11:30am EDT, ARCUS will live-stream two important panel discussions with international Arctic leaders exploring the role that Arctic research plays in the empowerment of Arctic communities and to inspire learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Join the online discussion surrounding the event using hashtag #ArcticSciEd or register below to participate in the live Q&A with expert panelists such as Fran Ulmer (USARC), Okalik Eegeesiak (Inuit Circumpolar Council), Tara Sweeney (Arctic Economic Council), Gunn-Britt Retter (Saami Council), Max Holmes (Woods Hole Research Center) and more!

Join the Newly Expanded Directory of Arctic Researchers

16 September 2016
Directory of Arctic Researchers

ARCUS invites the Arctic research community to join the newly expanded Directory of Arctic Researchers. The Directory has been revitalized to better meet collaboration needs of researchers like you who are interested in any aspect of the Arctic; who know the importance of being connected with colleagues around the world; want to be known by funders, government officials, and perhaps the media as an expert in those fields on which you are working; and want your research to be seen, used, and cited. It only takes a few minutes to join the Directory of Arctic Researchers!

PolarTREC 2017-2018 Application Period is Open

13 September 2016
View from the USCGC Healy in the Arctic Ocean. Photo by Bill Schmoker

The PolarTREC program is happy to announce that the 2017-2018 Application Period is now open for teachers and researchers. The application deadline is Monday, 10 October 2016. For more information, click on the link below.

Arctic Science Ministerial Side-Event on Arctic Science, Education, and Citizen Empowerment

12 September 2016
White House Logo

ARCUS will be co-hosting a side-event to the 2016 White House Arctic Science Ministerial at our Washington, D.C. office on 27 September. Scheduled to take place immediately before the opening events of the Ministerial, this special event is intended to highlight one of the four key themes of the meeting: "Arctic Science as a Vehicle for STEM Education and Citizen Empowerment." The morning session will feature two live-streamed panel discussions with Arctic educators, scientific researchers, and community leaders. In the afternoon, visitors are invited to learn about and participate in hands-on Arctic STEM activities and resources.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Registration

29 August 2016
Henry Huntington

Registration is now available for the fifth ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar “Some things I can't explain, or, Why more social science studies are needed to understand human-environment interactions in the Arctic”. Featuring Henry Huntington of Huntington Consulting, the presentation will discuss the social dynamics that shape human responses to climate and other types of change in the Arctic. The event will be held Tuesday, 13 September from 12:00-1:00pm EDT. Registration is required for both the live event, held at the ARCUS D.C. office, and online webinar.

PolarConnect Event with Nell Kemp

29 August 2016
Nell Kemp at Toolik Field Station

Join us for a PolarConnect Event with Nell Kemp and the research team! Wednesday, August 31, 2016 1:00pm AKDT (2pm PDT, 3pm MDT, 4pm CDT, 5pm EDT). This is a real-time event with teacher Nell Kemp and the researchers looking at the tundra ecosystems. They will be sharing experiences and observations of their work from Toolik Field Station and Healy, Alaska. This will be a 1 hour event with a Q&A at the end for teachers, students, friends and family. Learn more about Deep Roots and read the latest journals here.

Sea Ice Prediction Network Webinar - Archive Available

27 August 2016
Beaufort Sea. Photo by Cristina Galvan.

The archive is now available for the 23 August 2016 Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) webinar presented by Walt Meier, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and entitled "Uncertainty in Satellite-Derived Sea Ice Extent Estimates.” The archive includes a video of the webinar, presentation slides, and a list of webinar participants.

This webinar, organized by Muyin Wang and the SIPN Leadership Team, focused on uncertainty in sea ice extent estimates from remotely-sensed data. Meier discussed the current understanding of related issues and proposed various methods of estimating extent uncertainty, with the aim of improving analyses of sea ice extent trends and variability. A question and answer session with participants followed the presentation.

ARCUS Seeking Administrative Assistant

23 August 2016
ARCUS

We are seeking an enthusiastic, organized, and detail-oriented Administrative Assistant for our Fairbanks, Alaska office. This part-time position provides support to the diverse activities of ARCUS, including assistance with office operations and our science planning, education, and outreach projects. Application review begins on Thursday, 15 September 2016 and the position will be open until filled.

2016 Sea Ice Outlook August Report Available

19 August 2016
2016 Sea Ice Outlook August Report

The August report for the 2016 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) is now available! The goal of the SIO is to improve Arctic sea ice prediction on seasonal time-scales. Organizers thank all who contributed to the 40 Outlooks received for this report - a record number of contributions! This month the median pan-Arctic extent Outlook for September 2016 sea ice extent is 4.4 million square kilometers. Contributions are based on a range of methods from advanced numerical models to qualitative perspectives from citizen scientists. This report includes discussions about dynamical model contributions and their variance, current conditions, recent atmospheric conditions, probability forecasts for late summer meteorological conditions, and comments on sea ice conditions in the Alaska sector as well as the Outlooks that focused on that region; key statements from each individual Outlook; and links to view or download individual contributions.

Sea Ice Prediction Network Webinar - Registration Available

10 August 2016
Beaufort Sea. Photo by Cristina Galvan.

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces a call for registration for an open webinar entitled "Uncertainty in Satellite-Derived Sea Ice Extent Estimates" presented by Walt Meier, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. This webinar will focus on uncertainty in sea ice extent estimates from remotely-sensed data. Meier will discuss the current understanding of related issues and propose various methods of estimating extent uncertainty, with the aim of improving analyses of sea ice extent trends and variability. Time for participant questions will follow the presentation. This event is scheduled for Tuesday, 23 August 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. AKDT.

PolarConnect Event: Chukchi Sea Borderland

1 August 2016
Photo by Caitlin Bailey

Join us for a PolarConnect event with teacher Sandra Thornton and the Chukchi Sea Borderland Research Team on Monday, 8 August 2016 at 2:00pm AKDT (3pm PDT, 4pm MDT, 5pm CDT, 6pm EDT). This event will be broadcast live from the US Coast Guard Cutter/Icebreaker Healy.

This is a real-time event with Virginia teacher Sandra Thornton and the researchers exploring marine communities from microbes to mammals and from sea ice to seafloor in this complex Arctic region. They will be sharing experiences and observations of their work aboard the Healy.

This event is hosted through the PolarTREC PolarConnect program, and participants will have a chance the learn from the scientists, ask questions, and chat with others during the presentation. Register today!

Sea Ice Outlook 2016

28 July 2016
Sea Ice Outlook 2016

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces the call for contributions for the 2016 Sea Ice Outlook August report; contributions are due Monday, 8 August. The Sea Ice Outlook provides an open process for those interested in Arctic sea ice to share ideas. The monthly reports contain a variety of perspectives—from advanced numerical models to qualitative perspectives from citizen scientists. Detailed guidelines for pan-Arctic, regional, and informal outlooks are available on the SIPN website.

TAC Make an Impact Workshop Essay

27 July 2016
Photo by Judy Fahnestock

The Arctic in the Classroom (TAC) is a program created by ARCUS that partners scientists, educators, and communities to improve Arctic education. This four-year program educates K-12 teachers, students, communities, and others about the Arctic. Our goal is to identify best practices for how to administer both citizen science and community-based monitoring programs that are applicable for Arctic communities.

The Writer-in-Residence, Erica Watson wrote an essay about the "Make an Impact Workshop" that took place in March 2016, and it was published in The Arctic Institute.

2016 Sea Ice Outlook July Report Available

22 July 2016
2016 Sea Ice Outlook July Report Available

The July report for the 2016 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) is now available! The goal of the SIO is to improve Arctic sea ice prediction on seasonal time-scales. Organizers thank all who contributed to the 37 Outlooks received for this report. The median pan-Arctic Outlook value for September 2016 sea ice extent is 4.3 million square kilometers. Contributions are based on a range of methods from advanced numerical models to qualitative perspectives from citizen scientists. The report includes discussion about dynamical model contributions and their variance, which has narrowed since the June report; discussion on predicted spatial fields, sea ice probability (SIP), and the first ice-free day (IFD) from a number of dynamical models; discussion on current conditions, recent atmospheric conditions, and probability forecasts for late summer meteorological conditions; key statements from each individual Outlook; and links to view or download individual contributions.

PolarConnect Event: Carbon Balance in a Warming and Drying Tundra

20 July 2016
The CiPEHR study site in early summer. Photo by John Wood.

Join us for a PolarConnect Event with PolarTREC teacher Karen Temple-Beamish and the team studying Carbon Balance in a Warming and Drying Tundra on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 9:00-10:00am AKDT, 1:00-2:00pm EDT.

This is a real-time event with New Mexico teacher Karen Temple-Beamish and the researchers looking at the changes in carbon and how they effect the tundra. They will be sharing experiences and observations of their work in the Healy area near Denali National Park, Alaska. Read more about the research and what Karen is learning here: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/carbon-balance-in-warming-and-dryi...

This event is hosted through the PolarTREC PolarConnect program, and participants will have a chance the learn from the scientists, ask questions, and chat with others during the presentation.

Arctic Scenarios Session at AGU

18 July 2016
AGU Fall Meeting

The conveners of an AGU 2016 Fall Meeting session on “Scenario Approaches to Understand Arctic Futures” invite you to submit an abstract. Consideration of alternative scenarios for the future of the Arctic can be a powerful approach to synthesize disparate trends and to understand the trajectories of Arctic change. Scenario approaches use a variety of scales of analysis to understand social-ecological systems, bringing together geoscience, biological science, and interactions of these natural systems with regional and global populations. Abstracts are invited that report on a broad array of Arctic scenarios efforts, or related efforts that could inform the use of scenarios for the Arctic. AGU abstracts are due Wednesday, 3 August.

PolarTREC Live Event from Cherskiy, Russia

7 July 2016
Photo by Stanley Skotnicki

Connect to the the Russian Arctic! Join us for an upcoming PolarConnect event with Stanley Skotnicki and the Vegetation Impacts on Permafrost research team on Tuesday 12 July 2016 at 10:00am AKDT. This event will be broadcast live from Northeast Scientific Station in Cherskiy, Russia. Register today!

PolarTREC Live Event from Toolik Field Station, Alaska

6 July 2016
Photo by DJ Kast

Connect to the the Arctic! Join us for an upcoming PolarConnect event with DJ Kast and the Microbial Changes in Arctic Freshwater team on Thursday 7 July 2016 at 1:00pm AKDT. This event will be broadcast live from Toolik Field Station in Alaska. Please join us! Register today!

Sea Ice Outlook 2016

5 July 2016
Sea Ice Outlook 2016

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces the call for contributions for the 2016 Sea Ice Outlook July report; contributions are due Monday, 11 July. The Sea Ice Outlook provides an open process for those interested in Arctic sea ice to share ideas. The monthly reports contain a variety of perspectives—from advanced numerical models to qualitative perspectives from citizen scientists. Detailed guidelines for pan-Arctic, regional, and informal outlooks are available on the SIPN website.