News Archive

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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: SEARCH Science Steering Committee Call for Nominations

25 February 2016
SEARCH Logo

The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) program announces an extended deadline for the call for nominations of new Science Steering Committee members.

Although the official 2016 open call for nominations ended on April 4, any further nominations received by Sunday, 1 May 2016 may still be considered during the next candidate review cycle and will also be retained for future consideration as committee openings occur.

ASSW Spring Equinox Run/Walk

25 February 2016
ASSW Spring Equinox Run/Walk

Entry fee will support Polar Educators International, a vibrant network that promotes polar education and research to a global community, in spirit with the purpose of Arctic Science Week 2016. Join the fun on 19 March 2016 at 10am.

Not going to ASSW? Join the Virtual 5K: 2016 Polar Educators International 5K Run/Walk on the Equinox

SEARCH Featured in 2015 IARPC Biennial Report

5 February 2016
IARPC 2015 Biennial Report

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) released a report last month highlighting SEARCH's Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) as a key accomplishment in the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee's efforts to enhance interagency cooperation. With diverse support from the Department of Energy, NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research, SIPN was celebrated for its collaborative interagency approach to improving the predictive skill of Arctic sea ice models.

2016 Polar Predictability Workshop

26 January 2016
2016 Polar Predictability Workshop

Organizers announce that registration is now available for the 2016 Polar Predictability Workshop and call for abstracts. The workshop will be held 4-6 May 2016 at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York. This workshop will focus on sources of polar predictability on sub-seasonal to inter-annual timescales, sea ice prediction, and operational and research efforts. Registration and abstract submission are now available.

ARCUS at AMSS 2016

21 January 2016
ARCUS at AMSS 2016

Please join ARCUS at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska, 25-29 January. ARCUS will have an open “Drop-in” event with light lunch on Wednesday, 27 January and a poster presentation on “Collaboration in Arctic Marine Ecosystems" on Monday, 25 January.

PolarTREC Alumni Hosts Polar Day at School

15 January 2016
PolarTREC Alumni Hosts Polar Day at School

PolarTREC alumni teacher John Wood organized a Polar Day at his school in Southern California and it was a great success. This event is part of his ongoing commitment to sharing polar science with his students, many years after his PolarTREC expedition. ARCUS’ on-going commitment to education and outreach creates polar science ambassadors, like John, across the country.

Make an Impact Workshop at ASSW 2016

12 January 2016
Make an Impact Workshop at ASSW 2016

The Arctic in the Classroom program is currently accepting applications from teachers and researchers for participation in the Make an Impact workshop, the program's kickoff event. Travel, accommodations, and ASSW registration are covered for the workshop. Participants are also awarded the opportunity for continued support within The Arctic in the Classroom program. Teachers and researchers can register for approximately 15 openings available. Registration period is from 11 January - 1 February 2016. Further information about The Arctic in the Classroom Program can be found at: https://www.arcus.org/tac.

Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) Workshop

8 January 2016
Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) Workshop

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) held an open workshop to discuss data needs for sea ice forecasting on 17 December during the 2015 American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meetings. This workshop focused on how SIPN and others who provide data observations can best serve the needs of the forecasting community. The goal of the workshop was to help identify data needs for model initialization and verification, which available data products are useful—and why, what improvements to existing data products would make for better utilizations (e.g., change in formatting), what additional observations are needed, and how limited spatial scale data from ship observations etc. are being used.

ARCUS Arctic Research Seminar Series, First Event

30 December 2015

The inaugural seminar of the ARCUS Arctic Research Seminar Series will be held Friday, 15 January 2016. The seminar is entitled 'Sea Level and Polar Warming: How Past Climate Change Informs Us about Ongoing Sea Level Rise' and the speaker is Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette (Professor at the University of Massachusetts and Chair of the Polar Research Board).

Seminar Abstract: Scientists now have a better understanding of how vulnerable ice sheets and glaciers are to small amounts of polar warming. Ongoing sea level rise due to the loss of ice mass into the sea is and will impact coastlines profoundly but to different degrees -- i.e., the oceans are not a simple bathtub subject to uniform sea level rise. Adaptation may require a range of actions.

This event is a brown-bag lunch that will be held in the ARCUS D.C. office (1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C. Fourth Floor). A live webinar is also available to those unable to attend in person.

SEARCH News From The Arctic Sounder

18 December 2015

Learn more about the SEARCH's ongoing effort to coordinate a sustained Arctic observing system in this news article from The Arctic Sounder.

Sea Ice Outlook Post-Season Report

18 December 2015
Sea Ice Outlook Post-Season Report

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) has published the 2015 Sea Ice Outlook post-season report! Developed by the 2015 Sea Ice Outlook Action Team, the SIPN Leadership team, and with input from community members, it includes a review of the Arctic summer conditions, a pan-Arctic overview, a summary of local-scale analysis, discussion of the modeling and statistical contributions, and a summary of lessons learned from the 2015 Sea Ice Outlook as well as recommendations for the 2016 Sea Ice Outlook. Further suggestions from the community are welcome.

DRAFT Post-Season SIO Report

4 December 2015
DRAFT Post-Season SIO Report

The 2015 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) Action Team invites community comment on its draft post-season report. This draft includes the main post-season analysis and discussion points, although some parts are still under development and editing. The SIO Action Team aims to have a final draft ready to share with the larger community during the 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meetings in San Francisco 14-19 December. Comments on the analysis and discussion sections, as well as suggestions on how to help improve sea-ice forecasts, are welcome.

Please send comments to Betsy Turner-Bogren (betsy [at] arcus.org) no later than Friday, 11 December 2015.