News Archive

ARCUS Seeking Executive Administrative Assistant

3 November 2016

ARCUS is looking for a highly motivated and experienced administrative professional to join our team. The Executive Administrative Assistant reports directly to the Executive Director (located in the Washington, DC ARCUS office). The primary job is to provide support to the Executive Director, which will enable his focus on key organizational and strategic issues. This is a part-time (20 hours/week) non-exempt position. It is intended as a primarily work-from-home position in the DC/MD//VA area, with the possibility of meetings and other work in the ARCUS Washington, DC office.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Registration

2 November 2016
Hajo Eicken. Photo by Matthew Druckenmiller

Registration is now open for the next ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar featuring a presentation on observations and predictions of Arctic sea-ice use by Hajo Eicken of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The event will be held Wednesday, 30 November from 12:00-1:00pm EDT. Registration is required for both the live event, held at the ARCUS D.C. office, and online webinar.

AGU Community Meeting Room Available

31 October 2016

Meeting space for groups working on Arctic research and education activities will be available for use by appointment during the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). This space is provided by ARCUS to encourage scientific collaboration and to facilitate face-to-face meetings of opportunity.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Recording Now Available

28 October 2016
Arctic Seminar Series Presentation Slide

A recording of the last ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar “Forty Years of Change: A Seabird Responds to a Melting Arctic” featuring George Divoky of Friends of Cooper Island is now available. George's presentation discusses the consequences of regional climate change for the Black Guillemots of Cooper Island, Alaska.

PolarConnect Event with PolarTREC Teacher Maggie Kane

21 October 2016
NASA's P-3 Orion aircraft. Photo by Mark Buesing.

Join us for a PolarConnect Event with PolarTREC teacher Maggie Kane and the NASA Operation IceBridge Team. We will be hosting the PolarConnect event from the team's base in Punta Arenas, Chile on Wednesday, 2 November 2016 at 11:15am AKDT (12:15pm PDT, 1:15pm MDT, 2:15pm CDT, 3:15pm EDT).

This is a real-time event with Colorado teacher Maggie Kane and the research team. They will be sharing experiences and observations of their work flying above Antarctica. Read more about the research and what Maggie is learning here.

ARCUS at National Park Service Symposium

11 October 2016
National Park Service Symposium

ARCUS will be represented at the National Park Service Centennial Science and Stewardship Symposium, which will be held in Fairbanks, Alaska on 19-21 October 2016. We will be participating in a panel on "Science Communication and Collaboration: Getting the Science from the Heads of the Researchers into the Hearts of the People" and will hold an Open House/Drop-in Event with light refreshments. Both events will take place Thursday, 20 October. We hope to see you there!

Arctic Research Seminar Series Registration

6 October 2016
George Divoky

Registration is now open for the ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar “Forty Years of Change: a seabird responds to a melting Arctic”. Featuring George Divoky of Friends of Cooper Island, the presentation will discuss the consequences of regional climate change for the Black Guillemots of Cooper Island, Alaska. The event will be held Wednesday, 26 October from 12:00-1:00pm EDT. Registration is required for both the live event, held at the ARCUS D.C. office, and online webinar.

ARCUS at the Arctic Circle Assembly

6 October 2016
Arctic Circle Logo

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) is participating in this week's Arctic Circle Assembly taking place 7-9 October in Reykjavik, Iceland. Please join us on 7 October, 3:30pm GMT in Ríma B of the Harpa Conference Center for the session "Essential Science for Informed Decision-Making in the Changing Arctic" and on 8 October, 2:30pm GMT in the Háaloft room for the session "How to Connect with Arctic Research Across Boundaries".

SIPN Webinar - "The 2016 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) – Post Season Discussion"

3 October 2016
SIPN Webinar

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces open registration for a webinar entitled "The 2016 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) – Post Season Discussion" presented by Larry Hamilton, University of New Hampshire, and Edward Blanchard-Wrigglesworth, University of Washington. This webinar will include a discussion of the 2016 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) with a focus on the lessons learned from this season, what was new this season, and what areas could be improved for the future. Presentations will include a review and analysis of the outlooks contributed from 2008 to 2016, discussion of the 2016 summer sea-ice conditions that lead to the minima this year, and discussion of the SIO success and challenges at the local scale. Time for community discussion will follow the presentations. The webinar will be held Tuesday, 11 October 2016, 8:00am to 9:00am (AKDT).

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 ARCUS broadcast 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. A recording of the event is now available featuring opening remarks by Mark Brzezinski (Arctic Executive Steering Committee) and 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

On 27 September ARCUS co-hosted a side-event to the 2016 White House Arctic Science Ministerial at our Washington, D.C. office. Scheduled to take place immediately before the opening events of the Ministerial, this special event highlighted one of the four key themes of the meeting: "Arctic Science as a Vehicle for STEM Education and Citizen Empowerment." The morning session featured two live-streamed panel discussions with Arctic educators, scientific researchers, and community leaders. In the afternoon, visitors were 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.