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Call for Contributions to the 2019 Sea Ice Outlook June Report

20 May 2019
Call for Contributions to the 2019 Sea Ice Outlook June Report

The Sea Ice Prediction Network–Phase 2 (SIPN2) announces the call for contributions for the 2019 Sea Ice Outlook June report (based on May data). The Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) provides an open process for those interested in Arctic sea ice to share ideas.

Pan-Arctic and Regional Sea Ice Extent Outlooks and any additional figures and gridded fields will be accepted for the 2019 June Outlook. We particularly encourage submissions for the Alaska region (i.e., Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas). For those interested, submissions for Hudson Bay are also accepted. Submissions that include spatial forecast maps are encouraged.

The 2019 SIO will also accept pan-Antarctic sea ice extent of the September monthly mean. Informal sea ice observations and other parameters not included in the regular monthly reports are also invited. All participants whose methods provide information at the local scale to are encouraged to provide full spatial fields via the SIPN Data Portal.

Submission deadline: 6:00 p.m. (AKDT) Wednesday, 12 June 2019 (firm).

Extended Deadlines Announced for Arctic Futures 2050 Conference

30 April 2019

The Arctic Futures 2050 Conference Organizing Committee has announced extended deadlines for the following conference dates:

  • Poster Abstracts Deadline: 20 May 2019
  • Travel Award Applications Deadline: 20 May 2019
  • Poster Decisions and Travel Award Winners Announced: 17 June 2019
  • Early-bird Registration Rates End: 10 July 2019

Witness Community Highlights

30 April 2019
Witness Community Highlights

The April 2019 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes three articles: “Comparative Study Explores Northern Dene Astronomical Knowledge,” an investigation of how Northern Dene peoples perceive, conceptualize, and integrate the sky and its contents into systems of knowledge and worldview; “A Remarkable Response of Ice-Rich Permafrost Terrain to Summer Warming,” highlighting the dramatic impact of thawing permafrost on Arctic environments; and “A New and Exciting Age in Polar Science,” an essay by Kelly K. Falkner, Director of the Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation.

Arctic Indigenous Scholar Seminar with Helen Aderman

29 April 2019
Arctic Indigenous Scholar Seminar with Helen Aderman

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) is pleased to host Helen M. Aderman, 2019 Arctic Indigenous Scholar, for a seminar/webinar entitled, “The Bristol Bay Marine Ecosystem & Subsistence Resource Needs”. The event will be held on Monday, 6 May 2019 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT at the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) office in Washington, D.C. A live webinar is also available to those unable to attend in person. Registration is required for both the in-person and live-streamed events.

SIPN2 Webinar

25 April 2019
Ron Kwok, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Sea Ice Prediction Network – Phase 2 (SIPN2) invites registration for an open webinar entitled "ICESat-2 over Sea Ice: Early Results" featuring Ron Kwok, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the ICESat-2 Team. The presentation will focus on one of NASA’s science objectives for the ICESat-2 altimetry mission—to provide observations to quantify changes and to add to previous satellite and airborne records of freeboard, thickness, and sea surface height of the ice-covered Arctic and Southern Oceans. This event will be held on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. AKDT.

Arctic Research Seminar Series with Lawrence Hamilton

25 April 2019
Arctic Research Seminar with Lawrence Hamilton

ARCUS invites registration for the next Arctic Research Seminar Series event featuring Lawrence Hamilton (Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire). This event, titled “What People Know: Asking About the Arctic on U.S. General-Public Surveys,” will be held on Friday, 3 May 2019 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT in Washington D.C. This seminar will also be available as a webinar live-stream for those unable to attend in person.

Anchorage Arctic Research Summit

24 April 2019
Anchorage Arctic Research Summit

The 2019 Anchorage Arctic Research Summit will be held Thursday, 2 May from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska. The conference theme is “Transforming Research and Scholarship in the North” and will bring together members of the Anchorage-area Arctic research community to share information about their diverse research and creative activities, and to foster new connections. Registration is open.

ARCUS Seeking Project Assistant

16 April 2019

ARCUS is accepting applications for a motivated, organized, and detail-oriented Project Assistant. This position is a non-exempt, full-time position, paid on an hourly basis. Hiring preference will be given to candidates located in Fairbanks. Additional consideration may be given to qualified Alaska-based candidates with demonstrated ability to work from a remote location.

General responsibilities will include travel planning, workshop planning support and implementation, assistance with ARCUS programs, and general administrative support.

Applications will be reviewed beginning Friday, 26 April 2019 and the position will remain open until filled.

Witness Community Highlights

31 March 2019
Witness Community Highlights

The March 2019 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: “Novel Project Seeks Understanding of Air Pollution Processes in Arctic Conditions,” summarizing efforts to increase understanding of pollution processes relevant to Arctic winter conditions; and “Alaska NSF Program Releases Stakeholder Engagement Report,” summarizing findings of a six-year project entitled “Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments.”

Arctic Research Seminar Series with Elena Sparrow, Marilyn Sigman, Michael Køie Poulsen, and Ted Cheeseman

27 March 2019
Arctic Research Seminar Series with Elena Sparrow, Marilyn Sigman, Michael Køie Poulsen, and Ted Cheeseman

ARCUS invites registration for our next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Elena Sparrow (UAF, Winterberry Project), Marilyn Sigman (Alaska Sea Grant), Michael Køie Poulsen (NORDECO, INTAROS), and Ted Cheeseman (Polar Citizen Science Collective). This seminar, titled “Community Science in Arctic Research and Observing – Past, Present, and Future,” will be held Wednesday, 10 April 2019 from 8:00-9:00am AKDT (12:00-1:00pm EDT) in room 501 of the Akasofu Building (2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775) on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. A live webinar is also available to those unable to attend in person.

2019 Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook Begins

22 March 2019
Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook

The 2019 Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook season is underway with a record-early start in response to low sea ice conditions in the Bering Sea. Weekly outlooks are published each Friday and include sea ice, weather, and remote sensing information from the National Weather Service and local observations from SIWO observers Bering Strait coastal communities. The Outlook for March 22nd includes an additional contribution from Matthew Druckenmiller and Hajo Eicken, The State of the Ice at Season’s Start.

2018 Sea Ice Outlook Post-Season Report Now Available

20 March 2019
2018 Sea Ice Outlook Post-Season Report Now Available

The 2018 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) Post-Season Report is now available online. This report centers around forecasts of pan-Arctic September minimum sea ice extent, while also including information about forecasts of sea ice probability and a synthesis of observed Arctic conditions from June to September 2018. It also includes a review of forecasts for the Alaskan sector; an evaluation of the SIO forecast skill; discussions about Antarctic maxima sea ice extent forecasts; the Sea Ice Drift Forecast Experiment; an overview of sea ice forecasting needs of the Alaska marine shipping industry; and ideas of how to continue efforts to understand sea ice predictability and how to create information products that are accessible to stakeholders so that the science can be used in decision making to improve outcomes. The SIO is a community network activity led by the Sea Ice Prediction Network-Phase 2 (SIPN2) Project Team with contributions from key partners.

Call for Posters: Arctic Futures 2050 Conference

15 March 2019
Call for Posters: Arctic Futures 2050 Conference

The Arctic Futures 2050 Conference—convened by the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)—will be an international conference designed to enhance collaboration between Arctic scientists from many disciplines, diverse Indigenous knowledge holders, and policy makers from all levels of government. The conference will be held 4-6 September 2019 in Washington, D.C. The Organizing Committee invites abstracts for posters; poster sessions will be held during each day of the conference as an integral part of the agenda and expansion of the plenary sessions. Poster abstracts are due 20 May 2019.

Arctic Research Seminar Series with Donna Hauser

11 March 2019
Arctic Research Seminar Series with Donna Hauser

ARCUS invites registration for our next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Donna Hauser (International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks). This seminar, titled “Diverse Responses and Emerging Risks for Marine Mammals in a Rapidly Changing Arctic,” will be held Monday, 25 March 2019 from 11:00am-12:00pm AKDT in room 501 of the Akasofu Building (2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775) on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. A live webinar is also available to those unable to attend in person.

Witness Community Highlights

28 February 2019
Witness Community Highlights

The February issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: “2018 Arctic Observing Summit News,” summarizing recent efforts to develop a draft scope of work that addresses Sustaining Arctic Observing Network objectives; and “Revised Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic: 21st Century Guidelines to Ethical Research,” summarizing guidelines for researchers to engage with people and conduct research in the Arctic.

2018 SIO Post-Season Report - Review Draft Available

22 February 2019
June, July, and August 2018 SIO Arctic predictions

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN2) Project Team invites sea ice experts and members of the SIPN network to provide comments on the preliminary draft of the 2018 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) full post-season report. This draft report, a product of the SIPN2 Project Team led by Uma Bhatt, includes the main post-season analysis and discussion points. A PDF of the draft report is available online as well as instructions on how to submit comments.

ARCUS at the Alaska Forum on the Environment

13 February 2019
Alaska Forum on the Environment

ARCUS staff are attending the Alaska Forum on the Environment this week (Feb. 11-15) in Anchorage, Alaska and have an exhibition booth on the 2nd floor, outside of Meeting Room #3. If you are attending the meeting, stop by and say hi!

Witness Community Highlights

31 January 2019
Witness Community Highlights

The January 2019 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes an article summarizing the Arctic Report Card 2018 that was released on 11 December 2018. The collective content of the report makes clear that the continued warming of the Arctic atmosphere and ocean are driving broad change in the environmental system in predicted, and also unexpected, ways.

PolarTREC Live from Antarctica

30 January 2019
Photo by Kevin Dickerson

Join ARCUS and PolarTREC for a live event from McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The event will be held on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 with teacher Kevin Dickerson and the 2019 Dry Valleys Ecosystem Study Team. Read more about their research and what Kevin is learning here. The one hour event starts at 11:30am Alaska Savings Time (12:30pm PST, 1:30pm MST, 2:30pm CST, 3:30pm EST). We hope you can join us!

Arctic Research Planning Night at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium

25 January 2019
Alaska Marine Science Symposium

ARCUS will be hosting an informational table at Fairweather Science’s annual Arctic Research Planning Night on Wednesday, 30 January from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Quarterdeck at Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska. This event is held to facilitate collaboration, networking, and knowledge sharing among Arctic researchers.

Attendees are invited to send in advance, or bring a thumb drive, a few slides that outline their research plans for 2019 and beyond. Include research platform (vessel, aircraft, etc.), location of study, duration, objectives, types of data to be collected, available space, and length of contract. Slides can be sent to sheyna.wisdom [at] fairweather.com.

Stop by and enjoy some great conversation, networking, and delicious food!