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NSF Arctic Sciences Section Town Hall at the AGU Fall Meeting

4 December 2018
National Science Foundation

The Arctic Sciences Section of the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be hosting a Town Hall during the American Geophysical Union 2018 Fall Meeting. The Town Hall will convene 11:00am - 12:00pm EST on Monday, 10 December 2018 at the Cambria Hotel Washington D.C. Convention Center hotel, Duke Ellington Room 1 in Washington D.C.

During this Town Hall, Program Directors from NSF’s OPP Arctic Sciences Section will provide an overview of recent and upcoming news of interest to the research community.

Topics will likely include:

  • Staffing changes in the Arctic Section and introduction of new program officers,
  • Recent program activities and updates from Research Support and Logistics
  • Upcoming opportunities at NSF of interest to Arctic researchers, and
  • An overview of proposal review without deadlines.

Organizers anticipate giving a brief presentation, with the majority of the time devoted to questions and discussion.

For questions, contact:
Cynthia Suchman
Email: csuchman [at] nsf.gov

Witness Community Highlights

30 November 2018
Witness Community Highlights

The November 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes three articles: "A New Season for Sea Ice and Walrus" provides news of the Sea Ice for Walrus program's investigation of how low Arctic ice conditions affect walrus migration; "Co-Production of Knowledge and Multi-Level Governmental Collaboration in A Rapidly Changing Arctic" discusses efforts to address the impact that rapid climate change has on Alaska Native communities; and "Unique Fellowship Program Promotes Community Interaction" illustrates the unique way that Sitka Sound Science Center's Scientist in Residency Fellowship program facilitates community engagement activities for polar scientists.

ARCUS at the AGU Fall Meeting

14 November 2018

We are gearing up for a busy week at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.! ARCUS staff and board members hope to see many of our colleagues and friends—and meet new ones—at the ARCUS-related events at AGU this year, including an Arctic Funders “Meet and Greet”; the ARCUS Annual Meeting; our open Arctic Community Reception; several sessions, talks, and posters; and hosting the Community Meeting Room.

Witness Community Highlights

31 October 2018
Witness Community Highlights

The October 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: “ICESat-2 Launches to Measure Earth's Ice” provides news from NASA about the satellite launch and its capabilities; and “2018 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Extent Reached in Late September,” which includes highlights from the 2018 Sea Ice Outlook Interim Post-Season Report, published on 11 October.

ARCUS Board of Directors

25 October 2018
ARCUS Board of Directors

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) announces a call for nominations for our 2018 Board of Directors election. There are a possible four seats up for election in a vote of the ARCUS membership expected to take place in December 2018.

We seek nominations of candidates with enthusiasm and time to dedicate to ARCUS, who are willing and able to help ARCUS fulfill its vision and mission and achieve its strategic goals. We particularly invite nominations of individuals with experience in and connections to industry, foundations, or Arctic Indigenous groups. Nominations are due Monday, 12 November 2018.

Arctic Research Seminar Series with Karin Buhmann

16 October 2018
Arctic Research Seminar Series

ARCUS invites registration for our next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Karin Buhmann (Copenhagen Business School). This seminar, titled Responsible Investments in Arctic Mining: Implications of Chinese Policies, will be held Tuesday, 30 October 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT in the ARCUS D.C. office at 1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C. A live webinar is also available to those unable to attend in person.

Sea Ice Outlook Interim Report

11 October 2018
Sea Ice Outlook Interim Report

The Interim Post-Season Report for 2018 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) is now available online. The goal of the SIO is to improve sea ice prediction on seasonal time-scales. This interim report is intended as a quick post-season update that summarizes how the outlooks did in comparison to the observed minimum extent. The September monthly averaged sea ice extent was 4.71 million square kilometers, based on the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Sea Ice Index. The median extent of the 39 Outlook contributions for June, July, and August were 4.60, 4.70, and 4.57 million square kilometers, respectively. A full post-season report in January 2019 will include an in-depth analysis of factors impacting sea ice this season; further discussion about the outlooks; comments on regional observations, predicted spatial fields, Antarctic contributions; and a summary from the Sea Ice Drift Forecast Experiment. This report is the product of the Sea Ice Prediction Network–Phase 2 (SIPN2) effort.

2018 Projected Freeze-up of Chukchi Sea Released

5 October 2018
2018 Projected Freeze-up of Chukchi Sea Released

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, has released a 2018 projected onset of sea ice freeze-up on the Chukchi Sea continental shelf. Projection: Freeze onset on the Chukchi Sea continental shelf northwest of Icy Cape will begin the second week of December 2018. This is approximately 47 days later than the long-term mean (1981-2016).

Witness Community Highlights

28 September 2018
Witness Community Highlights

The September 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: Highlights of the Arctic Data Center’s recently established Data Highlights page, which provides insights directly from the researchers, including how their data might be applied to other questions in support of Arctic research; and NSF announcements of new Program Directors in the Arctic Sciences Section and new measures to protect the research community from harassment.

Call for Researcher Applications to Host a PolarTREC Teacher

27 September 2018
Dr. Jennifer Burns and Alex Eilers tag a Weddell seal near McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is currently accepting applications from researchers for teacher research experiences. Researchers are invited to submit an application to host a PolarTREC teacher in the 2019 Arctic and/or the 2019-2020 Antarctic field seasons. Funding is pending for PolarTREC during the 2019-20 field seasons. ARCUS will keep researcher applicants informed of our funding status. If funding is secured, final matches should be made by January 2019. PolarTREC researchers must be at U.S. institutions. Applications from researchers on National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects will receive priority in the selection process. Researchers should have secured funding for their research project prior to applying.

Arctic Research Seminar Series with Jacqueline M. Grebmeier

19 September 2018
Arctic Research Seminar Series

ARCUS invites registration for our next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Jacqueline M. Grebmeier (Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science). This seminar, titled “The Pacific Arctic: An Ecosystem in Transition,” will be held Friday, 21 September 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET in the ARCUS D.C. office at 1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C. A live webinar is also available to those unable to attend in person.

Sea Ice Prediction Network

31 August 2018
Sea Ice Prediction Network

Phase 2 (SIPN2) announces registration for an open webinar on Tuesday, 11 September 9:00 am AK for “An Overview of MOSAiC - The Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate” with presenter Don Perovich, Dartmouth College. The presentation will provide an overview of MOSAiC, with special attention on the sea ice program.

2019-2020 PolarTREC Application Period Open!

28 August 2018
2019-2020 PolarTREC Application Period Open!

We are happy to announce that the 2019-2020 PolarTREC applications for teachers, informal educators, and researchers to apply to the program is open! Applications are due Monday, 24 September 2018 by 5PM ADT. An informational webinar will be hosted on Wednesday, 29 August 2018. More information about the program and how to apply can be found here.

Witness the Arctic

24 August 2018
Witness the Arctic

The Summer 2018 issue of Witness the Arctic is now published online. This issue includes a call for public comment on the Revised Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic; news from a recent study indicating an increase in amplified Arctic temperatures; news of the recently developed use of remote sensing to study beaver encroachment in Arctic tundra; news about the EarthScope Transportable Array; updates from the SEARCH program, USARC, the Sea Ice Prediction Network–Phase 2, the women in polar research panel discussion during POLAR2018, and the 2018 Anchorage Arctic Research Day; comments from ARCUS board members, Board President Audrey Taylor, and Executive Director Bob Rich; and a highlight of ARCUS member institution, the Woods Hole Research Center.

2018 August Sea Ice Outlook Report Available

22 August 2018
2018 August Sea Ice Outlook Report Available

The August report for the 2018 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) is now available online. The goal of the SIO is to improve sea ice prediction on seasonal time-scales. For the August report, 39 contributions were received that include pan-Arctic predictions. Of those contributions, 10 also included pan-Antarctic predictions and 11 included predictions for Alaskan waters. For the Arctic, the median August Outlook value for a September 2018 sea ice extent projection is 4.6 million square kilometers.

The August report includes an overview of projections of total September Arctic ice extent; a section about predicted spatial fields with discussion on sea ice probability (SIP) and the first ice-free day (IFD) from a number of dynamical models; a section on current conditions and atmospheric conditions; a section discussing regional sea ice conditions; and a section discussing Antarctic sea ice extent forecasts.

This report is the product of the Sea Ice Prediction Network–Phase 2 (SIPN2) effort.

Upcoming PolarConnect Live Events

8 August 2018

Please join us for two live events in August about research in the Arctic and in the mountains of Switzerland!
Monday, 13 August 2018 at 9:30am AKDT – PolarTREC teacher Svea Anderson and University of Alaska researcher Donie Bret-Harte will discuss their research live from Toolik Field Station in Alaska looking at Shrubs, Snow and Nitrogen in the Arctic.
Thursday, 23 August 2018 at 7:00am AKDT – PolarTREC teacher Lauren Neitzke Adamo along with researchers Dr. Neal Iverson and Dr. Luke Zoet will be live from the mountains of Switzerland discussing their work on Sliding Glaciers.

Review the Draft "Principals for Conducting Research in the Arctic"

1 August 2018

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) is seeking comment from the public on newly revised Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic by September 4, 2018. IARPC is interested in all comments on the Principles document, including the core principles and sub-bullets describing the approaches that researchers are encouraged to adopt across all stages of research.

Call for Sea Ice Outlook Contributions

27 July 2018

The Sea Ice Prediction Network–Phase 2 (SIPN2) announces the call for contributions for the 2018 Sea Ice Outlook August report. 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. Submissions are due Monday, 13 August 2018.

2018 July Sea Ice Outlook Report Available

20 July 2018
2018 July Sea Ice Outlook Report Available

The July report for the 2018 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) is now available online. The goal of the SIO is to improve sea ice prediction on seasonal time-scales. For the July report, 39 contributions were received that include pan-Arctic predictions. Of those contributions, 9 also included pan-Antarctic predictions and 11 included predictions for Alaskan waters. For the Arctic, the median July Outlook value for a September 2018 sea ice extent projection is 4.7 million square kilometers.

The July report includes an overview of projections of total September Arctic ice extent; a section about predicted spatial fields with discussion on sea ice probability (SIP) and the first ice-free day (IFD) from a number of dynamical models; a section on current conditions and atmospheric conditions; a section discussing regional sea ice conditions; and a section discussing Antarctic sea ice extent forecasts.

The July report is the product of the Sea Ice Prediction Network–Phase 2 (SIPN2) effort. The goal of the previous SIPN1 was to enhance scientific discussion on the physics that control summer sea ice extents. In SIPN2 there is a further analysis of quantitatively comparing model forecast output.

PolarTREC Expeditions in the Arctic!

16 July 2018
Least auklets at sunset. Kitnkik, east of Savoonga, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. Photo by Lisa Sheffield Guy.

PolarTREC has five teachers in the field in July and August. Please join us in following their expeditions. Teachers will be working on Migration and Carry-Over Effects in Arctic Seabirds, Shrubs, Snow and Nitrogen in the Arctic, Permafrost and Community, Sliding Glaciers and Winter Respiration in the Arctic. Also, please join us for upcoming PolarConnect Events with each of these teachers.