News Archive

Sea Ice Outlook

1 July 2014
Sample of SIP (i.e., ensemble mean SIE) in percent for a random year from CESM1.1.

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces a call for contributions to the July Sea Ice Outlook report. Please see the new guidelines for submitting pan-Arctic and regional outlooks. A variety of perspectives, from advanced numerical models to qualitative perspectives from citizen scientists, are welcome.

Sea Ice Outlook

19 June 2014
Figure 1. Distribution of individual Pan-Arctic Outlook values (June Report) for September 2014 sea ice extent (values are rounded to the tenths).

The first arctic Sea Ice Outlook report of the year has been published, and we had a record number of pan-arctic contributions! The median Outlook value for September 2014 sea ice extent is 4.7 million square kilometers. Only three outlooks this are above the 2013 observed September extent. This full report includes a brief summary, comments on modeling outlook, current conditions, key statements from all the Outlook contributions, and links to download the outlook contributions.

Witness the Arctic

11 June 2014
Witness the Arctic Volume 18 Number 2

The Spring 2014 issue of Witness the Arctic is now available. This issue includes an introduction of the new NSF Director, France A. Córdova; articles about other NSF news, the influence of Arctic climate changes on mid-latitude weather patterns, and the overall success of past Sea Ice Outlook predictions. Also included are updates on: the SEARCH program; NSF-funded projects in Arctic natural sciences, social sciences, and science education; international meetings; and NASA, NOAA, ACADIS, USARC, and the Polar Research Board. Special features in this issue are a perspective on the new ARCUS Vision and Mission statement, interviews with three members of the ARCUS Board of Directors, and Brendan P. Kelly's reflections on Arctic research coordination.

Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee

10 June 2014
Flying over mountains in Alaska.

Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) announces a position opening for a full-time Project Coordinator/Web Manager. The position will be be open until filled; initial review of applications will begin on 27 June 2014.

Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee

5 June 2014
Helicopter comes in to land on the USCG Healy icebreaker after visiting Little Diomede Island, U.S.

An Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 25 at 3:00pm Eastern Time on "Building a Conceptual Framework on How to Assess Food Security From an Alaska Inuit Perspective.” This webinar is open to anyone interested in participating.

Sea Ice Outlook

15 May 2014
Figure 5. Distribution of 2013 Sea Ice Outlook predictions by method and month

The Sea Ice Prediction Network announces the launch of the 2014 Sea Ice Outlook season with the first call for contributions! Join a growing network of sea ice experts and contribute your pan-arctic or regional Outlook for the first report to be published in June.

PolarTREC Resource Available

9 May 2014
Scientists and educators gather in Barrow, Alaska to learn about Iñupiaq Values Framework from Director of Iñupiaq Education, Jana Harcharek, during Arctic Ocean science curriculum workshop.

ARCUS education staff, with partners, facilitated three workshops for scientists and educations to increase science communication and create educational products. A paper was recently published in the Journal of Geoscience Education to identify the importance of those workshops focusing on culturally responsive curriculum based on alaskan marine ecosystems. View contributors and the abstract in the PolarTREC Learning Resources Collection.

IARPC Webinar

15 April 2014
Image courtesy of NOAA

Announcing an Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Webinar on "Current Science Questions and Activities Related to Arctic Black Carbon" scheduled for Friday, 18 April 2014 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT. The webinar is open to anyone interested in joining.

Image courtesy of NOAA

Sea Ice For Walrus Outlook

28 March 2014
28 March 2014 SIWO Forecast

The 2014 Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook season is now in progress. Weekly reports describing the sea ice and weather conditions in the northern Bering Sea and southern Chukchi Sea will be available each Friday. Satellite imagery and local observations will be updated throughout the week as they are received.

Workshop Webcast

24 March 2014
Photo by Bruce Elder, Courtesy of Robert Harris (PolarTREC 2007)

The Sea Ice Prediction workshop next week will be webcast. Information on how to join, as well as an updated workshop agenda and participant list, can be found on the workshop webpage.

Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee

12 March 2014
A massive marine terminating glacier. Aboard the P-3 Orion, flying over Greenland. Photo by Mark Buesing (PolarTREC 2013)

Announcing a new website for the research community to learn more about the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) and join IARPC collaboration team meetings.

Sea Ice Prediction Network

7 March 2014
Photo by Ute Kaden (TREC 2005), Courtesy of ARCUS

The Sea Ice Prediction Network is holding a 2-day workshop in Boulder, Colorado, 1-2 April 2014, to provide a venue for in-depth discussion on the 2014 SEARCH Sea Ice Outlook and related sea ice prediction issues.

Witness the Arctic

28 February 2014
Witness the Arctic Volume 18 Number 1

The Winter 2014 issue of Witness the Arctic is now available. This issue includes news about the SEARCH program, NSF meetings and workshops, the Sea Ice Prediction Network, and NOAA’s Arctic Report Card. Also included are articles about data management, climate change impacts on ocean acidification and archaeology, and the Icelandic Arctic Fox Centre. Special features in this issue are interviews with members of the ARCUS Board of Directors and a Member Institution Highlight of Texas A&M.

JASE PolarConnect Webinar

24 February 2014
More modern expeditionaries at the same royal setting. Luke, Claire and Anna. (PolarTREC 2014)

Join us for a PolarConnect (Webinar) event with the Joint Antarctic School Expedition from Chile!

PolarConnect Event is scheduled for:

Date: Tuesday 25 February 2014
Time: 9:30 am Alaska Standard Time

This expedition is a cultural and science exchange between students and teachers of the United States and Chile. Three US students, Claire Hacker, Anna Caldwell-Overdier, and Luke Maillefer, are going to present their experiences in Antarctica from Punta Arenas, Chile. Join them in the LIVE event!

AON Webinar

14 February 2014
Photo by Jeff Otten, Courtesy of Nell Herrmann (PolarTREC 2012)

Join a free webinar on the Arctic Observing Network (AON) on Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 1:30 PM EST. This webinar is one of a series from the National Science Foundation on long-term observing management and governance. The webinar will be archived for those who want to view it afterwards.

Register for Sea Ice Prediction Webinar

6 February 2014
Thin sea ice forming in Chukchi Sea. Aboard the USCGC Healy icebreaker. Photo by Chantelle Rose (PolarTREC 2011)

Registration is now available for a Sea Ice Prediction Network webinar, which will be held on Thursday, 20 February at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Alaska Standard Time. Registration is free and is open to all interested participants, including arctic sea ice researchers, students, decision makers, and others.

Sea Ice Prediction Network Webinar

30 January 2014
Thin sea ice forming in Chukchi Sea. Aboard the USCGC Healy icebreaker. Photo by Chantelle Rose (PolarTREC 2011)

Announcing a Sea Ice Prediction Network webinar on Thursday, 20 February 2014 11:00am - 12:00 pm AKST, and a Sea Ice Prediction Workshop 1-2 April in Boulder, Colorado. More information will be available here and through our email list. For now, see the initial announcement for these two events and the tentative workshop agenda.

AON Webinar

23 January 2014
Photo by Jeff Otten, Courtesy of Nell Herrmann (PolarTREC 2012)

Join a free webinar on the Arctic Observing Network (AON) on Tuesday, 4 February 2014, 1:30 PM - 2:30 p.m. EST. This webinar is one of a series from the National Science Foundation on long-term observing management and governance. The webinar will be archived for those who want to view it afterwards.

Study of Environmental Arctic Change

17 January 2014
Study of Environmental Arctic Change

The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) program is currently working on implementation of a new structure and activities. The new activities will focus on sea ice, permafrost, land ice, societal/policy implications, "Arctic Futures 2050", and fostering a coordinated arctic observing system. A 5-page summary of the new SEARCH vision, mission, goals, and structure is available on the SEARCH site.

Sea Ice Outlook

17 January 2014
The Sea Ice Outlook post-season report is available. Thirty-four groups contributed outlooks this season - thank you! The report provides brief highlights and a discussion of the 2013 sea ice season and lessons learned.

The Sea Ice Outlook post-season report is available. Thirty-four groups contributed outlooks this season - thank you! The report provides brief highlights and a discussion of the 2013 sea ice season and lessons learned.