News Archive

PolarConnect Event with Teacher Kelly McCarthy

23 May 2016
A valley near Thule, Greenland. Photo by Kelly McCarthy

PolarConnect participants learned about what scientists are doing to study the polar regions, and what it is like to live and work in the Arctic and Antarctica through presentations and Q&A sessions with teachers and polar scientists.

Kelly and her team were stationed in Greenland for field work that involved flying over the ice sheets in the Arctic. She was at Thule, Greenland to connect with teachers and students around the country and share their experience. Learn more about Kelly and NASA's incredible expedition: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/operation-icebridge-arctic

This event was broadcast with the team from Thule, Greenland. It lasted one hour and was open to all ages.

Post-Doctoral Position Available

10 May 2016
SEARCH Logo

The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) program is seeking to fill a Postdoctoral research position based at the International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). The fellow will assist in the National Science Foundation funded project's efforts to document and understand how degradation in near-surface permafrost will affect Arctic and global systems using synthesis science. In particular this position will examine Arctic impacts of degrading permafrost on fish, wildlife, ecosystems (services) and/or human infrastructure. Application review begins 30 June, 2016. The position will remain open until filled.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Registration

3 May 2016
Mark Brzezinski

Registration is now available for the fifth ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar featuring Mark Brzezinski, Executive Director of the U.S. Arctic Executive Steering Committee. Mark's presentation will provide an update on the activities of the U.S. Arctic Executive Steering Committee and the upcoming White House Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting being planned for this fall. The event will be held Thursday, 19 May from 12:00-1:00pm EDT. Registration is required for both the live event, held at the ARCUS D.C. office, and online webinar.

Web Streaming of Polar Prediction Workshop

3 May 2016
Photo by Russell Hood

Web streaming will be available for the 2016 Polar Prediction Workshop, which will be held 4-6 May 2016 at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York. The workshop will focus on: 1. sources of polar predictability on sub-seasonal to inter-annual timescales, 2. sea ice prediction, and 3. operational and research efforts. The web streaming link as well as the workshop agenda, participant list, and presentation and poster abstracts, are available on the workshop website.

Upcoming PolarConnect Event with teacher Kelly McCarthy

3 May 2016
A valley near Thule, Greenland. Photo by Kelly McCarthy

PolarConnect participants will learn about what scientists are doing to study the polar regions, and what it is like to live and work in the Arctic and Antarctica through presentations and Q&A sessions with teachers and polar scientists.

Kelly and her team have been stationed in Greenland for field work that involves flying over the ice sheets in the Arctic. She will be at Thule, Greenland to connect with teachers and students around the country and share their experience. Learn more about Kelly and NASA's incredible expedition: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/operation-icebridge-arctic

This event will be broadcast with the team from Thule, Greenland. It will last one hour and it is open to all ages.

2016 Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) Season Launched

29 April 2016
Bering Strait satellite imagery

The first Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) report of 2016 is now available! The SIWO provides weekly reports from April through June with information on sea ice conditions relevant to walrus in the Northern Bering Sea and southern Chukchi Sea regions of Alaska.

This report includes the current and forecasted weather and ice conditions, as well as an overview of the pre-season ice conditions contributed by Matthew Druckenmiller at NSIDC. Updates, observations, and images will be added throughout the week as they are received. Local hunters, experts, or scientists with observations on the development of sea ice or any other aspect of walrus and sea ice can email comments to Kristina Creek (creek [at] arcus.org).

Sea Ice Outlook 2016

22 April 2016
Photo by Ute Kaden (TREC 2005)

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces a call for pre-season and informal contributions to the 2016 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO). These contributions will be in addition to the regular SIO monthly reports in June, July, and August that synthesize predictions for the September monthly average extent of Arctic sea ice. Pre-season and informal contributions provide a way to share information on sea ice parameters or time periods not included in the regular monthly reports as well as any early field observations, such as unusual early season conditions. These contributions are valuable for understanding initial conditions as well as sea ice dynamics throughout the season.

Polar Prediction Workshop

21 April 2016

The tentative agenda for the 2016 Polar Prediction Workshop as well as presentation and poster abstracts are now available online. The workshop will focus on sources of polar predictability on sub-seasonal to inter-annual timescales, sea ice prediction, and operational and research efforts. It will convene 4-6 May 2016 at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York.

Webinar on New Arctic Data Center

18 April 2016
Arctic Data Center

The National Science Foundation has made an award to a national partnership, led by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California Santa Barbara, to develop and curate the NSF Arctic Data Center, a new archive for Arctic scientific data as well as other related research documents. A webinar on Thursday, 21 April at 10:00am PDT will provide an opportunity to get more information about the NSF Arctic Data Center and will allow for feedback and additional insights into the needs of the Arctic research community.

Make An Impact Workshop Report Available

8 April 2016
Make an Impact Workshop Report

A new report about the Make An Impact Workshop is now available. The workshop, held 13-15 March during ASSW, brought together teachers who currently teach in Alaskan Arctic communities with Arctic researchers to collaborate on the development of STEM educational resources related to Arctic research priorities.

PolarTREC Alumni Publishes Article

8 April 2016
Michael Wing in Finland

Seven years after his expedition to Finland, PolarTREC teacher Michael Wing is now published! Michael Wing is first author on a journal article in California Archeology. After he came back from his expedition in Finland, he "became very interested in a possibly prehistoric line of stones at the Point Reyes National Seashore."


Michael R. Wing, Kate Iida and Emily Wearing (2015) Stone-by-Stone
Metrics Shed New Light on a Unique Stone Alignment at the Point Reyes
National Seashore, Marin County, Alta California, California Archaeology, 7:2, 245-264

Arctic Research Seminar Series Registration

5 April 2016

Registration is now available for the fourth ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar “Regional and Global Implications of Changing Permafrost”. Featuring Ted Schuur of Northern Arizona University, the presentation will discuss the use of synthesis science by the SEARCH Permafrost Action Team and Permafrost Carbon Network to identify and understand the widespread implications of changing permafrost at both regional and local scales. The event will be held Thursday, 28 April from 12:00-1:00pm EDT. Registration is required for both the live event, held at the ARCUS D.C. office, and online webinar.

SIPN Webinar Archive

4 April 2016
Cathy Geiger and Nick Hughes set up a station to measure the width of the lead. At the SEDNA/APLIS Ice Camp north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

An archive is available for the Sea Ice Prediction Network webinar, "Challenges and Best Practices: Sea Ice Thickness Distribution as a Rosetta Stone for Cross-Scale Communication." Cathleen Geiger, University of Delaware, gave a presentation on the consistency of sea ice thickness distributions across different horizontal length scales, measurement accuracy, and challenges related to estimating sea ice thickness across many length scales. The event was held Tuesday, 22 March 2016.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Archive

5 April 2016
Arctic Research Seminar Series

An archive is available for the third ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar "Using an Environmental Intelligence Framework to Evaluate the Impacts of Ocean Acidification in the Arctic”. Jeremy Mathis from the NOAA Climate Program Office gave a presentation on the intensity and extent of ocean acidification in the Arctic and its’ potential threat to Arctic ecosystems. The event was held Thursday, 31 March.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Registration

25 March 2016
Arctic Research Seminar Series

Registration is available for the third ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar "Using an Environmental Intelligence Framework to Evaluate the Impacts of Ocean Acidification in the Arctic”. Jeremy Mathis from the NOAA Climate Program Office will present discussion on the intensity and extent of ocean acidification in the Arctic and its’ potential threat to Arctic ecosystems. The event will be held Thursday, 31 March from 12:00-1:00pm EDT. Registration is required for both the live event, held at the ARCUS D.C. office, and online webinar.

Registration Available - SIPN Webinar

14 March 2016
Cathy Geiger and Nick Hughes set up a station to measure the width of the lead. At the SEDNA/APLIS Ice Camp north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Registration is now available for the Sea Ice Prediction Network webinar, "Challenges and Best Practices: Sea Ice Thickness Distribution as a Rosetta Stone for Cross-Scale Communication." Cathleen Geiger, University of Delaware, will present discussion on the consistency of sea ice thickness distributions across different horizontal length scales, measurement accuracy, and challenges related to estimating sea ice thickness across many length scales. The event will be held Tuesday, 22 March 2016 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. AKDT.

ARCUS Open House

7 March 2016
Alex Eilers jumps for joy at the Turtle Rock pressure ridges. Turtle Rock, Antarctica.

The ARCUS staff and board members invite Arctic colleagues to join us at our Open House/Drop-In Event, our Exhibit Booth, and other events during the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2016 on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Join us for discussion about better ways to connect and support Arctic research, how ARCUS supported activities can help advance your research, and hear about new membership categories and benefits. The Open House/Drop-In event is 2:30-4:00 pm on Tuesday, 15 March in Gruening, Room 409. The ARCUS Exhibition Booth will be available Monday-Wednesday, 14-16 March from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Wood Center.

New Report on Community Based Observing (CBO)

7 March 2016

A new report from the Center for Resilient Communities shares insights and best practices from Arctic practitioners of community-based observing (CBO). The purpose of this report is to outline the range of community-based observing types as well as their appropriate applications and trade-offs. This report is the first in an anticipated series of three.

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

4 March 2016
Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

EXTENDED Deadline for abstract submissions to 2016 Polar Predictability Workshop: Friday, 11 March 2016.

This workshop will focus on sources of polar predictability on sub-seasonal to inter-annual timescales, sea ice prediction, and operational and research efforts. Forecast users are especially encouraged to attend this workshop.

The workshop will be held 4-6 May 2016 at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) in Palisades, New York.

Witness the Arctic

29 February 2016
Witness the Arctic Volume 20 Number 1

The Winter 2016 issue of Witness the Arctic is now published online. This issue includes an update on SEARCH program activities including highlights from the three SEARCH Action Teams, the Sea Ice Prediction Network, and the Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting; NSF Arctic Social Science Program news; interagency updates from NOAA, IARPC, and the Polar Research Board; news of the International Arctic Assembly and Arctic Observing Summit—both to convene is association with the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week of 12-18 March; and comments from ARCUS Executive Director, Robert Rich.