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Witness Community Highlights

31 May 2018
Witness Community Highlights

The May 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue highlights the efforts of the CICE Consortium. The consortium aims to incorporate and maintain scientific sea ice model development in CICE, also known as the Community Ice CodE, and accelerate its transfer into operational applications.

Call for Sea Ice Outlook Contributions

25 May 2018

The Sea Ice Prediction Network–Phase 2 (SIPN2) announces the call for contributions for the 2018 Sea Ice Outlook June report (based on May data). 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, 11 June 2018.

Arctic Indigenous Scholars Seminar Registration

12 May 2018
Theresa John

A recording is now available of the Arctic Indigenous Scholars seminar featuring Theresa Arevgaq John of Nelson Island, Alaska. Nelson's presentation explored issues of cultural resiliency and adaptation in Arctic climate change.

Women’s Perspectives in Polar Research: Lunch Panel at POLAR2018

10 May 2018
Photo by Mark Goldner (PolarTREC 2011)

Registration is open for a panel discussion, “From Entering the Field to Taking the Helm, Perspectives of Women in Polar Research”, which will be held at the POLAR2018 Conference on Wednesday, 20 June 2018. This lunch panel discussion, with complimentary bag lunch, will explore the accomplishments, challenges, quality of work experiences, insights, recommendations, and prospects for women in polar research.

PolarTREC Live Event from Palmer Station, Antarctica

7 May 2018
Photo by Jeff Otten, Courtesy of Nell Herrmann (PolarTREC 2012)

Join PolarTREC for our first live event of the 2018-2019 field season! Teacher Keith Smith and the team working on Chemical Ecology of Shallow Water Marine Communities will be broadcasting from Palmer Station, Antarctica on Tuesday, 29 May 2018 at 9:30am AKDT (10:30am PDT, 11:30am MDT, 12:30pm CDT, 1:30pm EDT). Register today for this free event!

Witness Community Highlights

30 April 2018
Witness Community Highlights

The April 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue highlights the work of the Fish CAFE Project, which brings multiple sciences to bear upon understanding freshwater habitats of the Fish Creek Watershed in northern Alaska. These efforts are part of an ongoing adaptive management process that is essential to sound decision making for resource management.

Arctic Research Seminar Recording

13 April 2018
Elizabeth Arnold

A recording is now available of the Arctic Research seminar/webinar featuring Elizabeth Arnold of the University of Alaska Anchorage & the Harvard Kennedy School. The talk focuses on Arnold’s own experience and current research of media coverage on the human impacts of climate change in the Arctic.

Anchorage Arctic Research Day

4 April 2018
Anchorage Arctic Research Day. Photo courtesy of Kirstin Olmstead.

Organizers announce a call for registration for the 2018 Anchorage Arctic Research Day, which will be held in conjunction with the 2018 North by North Festival. Anchorage Arctic Research Day events are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, 26 April 2018 at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska.

This event, organized by the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S., the University of Alaska Anchorage, the Anchorage Museum, and the Institute of the North; will bring together members of the Anchorage-area Arctic research community to share information and interests.

Arctic Research Seminar Recording

4 April 2018
Dr. HONG Nong

A recording is now available of the Arctic Research seminar/webinar featuring Dr. HONG Nong, Executive Director of the Institute for China-America Studies. Dr. Hong's presentation explores China's Arctic strategy and policy goals through the lens of a new white paper released by the State Council Information Office of China in January 2018.

Witness Community Highlights

29 March 2018
Witness Community Highlights

The March issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue highlights the Arctic Data Center and their continued work to support curation and preservation of Arctic research data. The Center's data support team continues to build efficient data management and discovery tools as the outreach and training team develops new activities, including Data Science Fellowships and training events, throughout the coming year.

Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook - 2018 Season Begins

23 March 2018
Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook

The Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO), which provides information on spring sea ice, weather and walrus for Alaska Native subsistence hunters and coastal communities in the Bering Strait region, will be published each Friday this spring while sea ice is present. Our record-early start is in response to very low ice conditions in the St. Lawrence Island area. SIWO is managed by ARCUS and produced with information from local hunters, the National Weather Service, and other sources. This week’s outlook includes the annual State of the Ice at Season’s Start. Follow us on Facebook.

Arctic Research Seminar Recording

15 March 2018
Matthew Jull

A recording is now available of the Arctic Research seminar/webinar featuring Matthew Jull of the University of Virginia. The presentation highlights the work of the Arctic Design Group and foregrounds design in the act of framing and re-imagining the potential futures of the Arctic.

ARCUS Seeking Administrative Assistant

6 March 2018

ARCUS is accepting applications for an enthusiastic, organized, and detail-oriented Administrative Assistant. This position is a non-exempt part-time position in Fairbanks, Alaska, paid on an hourly basis.

General responsibilities will include travel planning, workshop planning support, assistance with ARCUS programs, and general administrative support.

Applications will be reviewed beginning Friday, 9 March 2018 and the position will remain open until filled.

Witness Community Highlights

28 February 2018
Witness Community Highlights

The February issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: news from the International Arctic Research Center that offers lessons learned from 15 years of providing successful summer school programs to students and early career scientists, and news about the newly formed international Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE) and the role of the NSF-owned research vessel Sikuliaq in the effort to enhance international scientific collaboration in the Arctic Ocean.

Arctic Research Seminar Recording

16 February 2018

A recording is now available of the ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar featuring featuring Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University). The presentation discusses the dominant role that domestic factors play in Russia's foreign policy stances for the Arctic.

Witness Community Highlights

31 January 2018
Witness Community Highlights

The January 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes an article summarizing key highlights from the recently released Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) 2017 Post-Season Report that includes discussion of 2017 Arctic weather and ice conditions; the Outlook contributions and methodologies; and sea ice extent probability maps; and an article about the Leadership and Strength project, which draws upon engaged community-based research approaches to examine community strength and well-being and focuses on the pathways that women, men, and families forge to live well in Utqiaġvik, Alaska (formerly known as Barrow).

Arctic Research Seminar Recording

25 January 2018
Roberto Delgado & Andrea Horvath Marques

A recording is now available of the ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar featuring Roberto Delgado (NIH/NIMH) & Andrea Horvath Marques (NIH/NIMH). The presentation discusses NIMH-supported research and other activities that aim to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Arctic residents.

Empowering Indigenous Scholars and Making Connections – Call for Applicants

22 January 2018
Photo by Mark Goldner (PolarTREC 2011)

To empower Indigenous scholars and provide a key opportunity for officials at U.S. government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other groups working on Arctic issues to learn and integrate information/perspectives from multiple Arctic knowledge systems, ARCUS and ICC Alaska invite applications from and/or nominations of leading Arctic Indigenous scholars to travel to Washington D.C. Scholars are defined as experts within their own knowledge systems—no formal education is required. While the selected Arctic Indigenous Scholars are in D.C., ARCUS and ICC Alaska will facilitate meetings with officials at relevant U.S. government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other groups, where such scholars will be able to share their interests via a seminar and meetings, learn of available resources, build toward collaborative relationships, and provide on-the-ground perspectives to key decision-makers.

Applications are due Thursday, 15 February 2018

Sea Ice Outlook

17 January 2018
Sea Ice Outlook

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces availability of the 2017 Arctic Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) Post-Season Report. The report includes reviews of the 2017 Arctic conditions, the melt season, contributions to the 2017 SIO monthly reports, as well as discussions of the statistical methods and local-scale analysis of 2017 Sea Ice Outlooks. The report also includes discussion of contributions to the call for forecasts of the Antarctic maxima, and discussion of the beginning of the Sea Ice Drift Forecast Experiment (SIDFEx), which is a contribution to the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP).

Arctic Sea Ice Workshop

11 January 2018
Photo by Maggie Prevenas

An open "Arctic Sea Ice Prediction Stakeholders Workshop" will be held on Monday, 22 January 2018 in conjunction with the Arctic Frontiers Conference in Tromso, Norway. This workshop will bring together sea ice stakeholders and forecasters to:
1) Assess the value of forecasts by the user community.
2) Determine if and how ice forecasts are currently being used in decision making.
3) Communicate the relevant metrics needed by various stakeholders.
4) Identify where improvements in sea ice forecasts would help stakeholders make decisions.
5) Communicate the limits and opportunities of current forecasting systems.