News Archive

Witness the Arctic

19 June 2017
Witness the Arctic

The Spring 2017 issue of Witness the Arctic is now published online. This issue includes summaries on: SEARCH program activities; the Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook; the Sea Ice Prediction Network; a study of water security in rural Alaska; Anchorage Arctic Research Day; the IARPC 5-year Research Plan; the USARC Report on Goals and Objectives for Arctic Research 2017-2018, the National Academies review of a the Draft Climate Science Special Report; an international suicide prevention initiative; a highlight of ARCUS member organization, ABR, Inc.; and comments from ARCUS board members and ARCUS Executive Director, Robert Rich.

2017 Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook Season Wraps Up

19 June 2017
Photo by Curtis Nayokpuk

The Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) provides information on spring sea ice, weather, and walrus to support safety and food security for Alaska Native subsistence hunters and coastal communities. The final outlook of the 11-week 2017 season was published on Friday, 9 June following unusually early sea ice retreat. Local observers in Wales, Shishmaref, Nome, Gambell, and Savoonga provided weekly observations and photos. SIWO is managed by ARCUS and produced with information from local observers, the National Weather Service, and other sources.

PolarTREC Live Event with Teacher Steve Kirsche from Summit Station, Greenland

13 June 2017
Core sample

On Tuesday June 20th, join us for a PolarTREC live event with teacher Steve Kirsche and the research team from Summit Station, Greenland. It will take place at 8:00 AM AKDT [9AM PDT, 10AM MDT, 11AM CDT, 12PM EDT]. This event will focus a research project based out of Summit Station in Greenland. The team is looking at the firn (granular snow, especially on the upper part of a glacier, where it has not yet been compressed into ice) to get a better interpretation of paleoclimate from air that becomes trapped within the firn. More information and journals related to this expedition and the science can be found here.

Call for Contributions: 2017 Sea Ice Outlook June Report

26 May 2017
Call for Contributions: 2017 Sea Ice Outlook June Report

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces the call for contributions for the 2017 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. Detailed guidelines for a new submission process of pan-Arctic, Alaska regional outlooks, and pan-Antarctic contributions, as well as submitting figures and gridded data for other regional contributions, are available online. Submission deadline: 6:00 p.m. (AKDT) on Monday, 12 June 2017.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Recording Now Available

11 May 2017
Robert Corell

A recording is now available of the ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar featuring Robert Corell (GETF). Robert's presentation discusses why changes in the Earth’s climate system in and across the Arctic are important both for Northern peoples and for the rest of the world.

Call for SEARCH Science Steering Committee Member Nominations

8 May 2017
SEARCH Logo

The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) program announces a call for Science Steering Committee (SSC) member nominations. SEARCH seeks nominations of candidates that are broad and cross-disciplinary thinkers, are good communicators and consensus-builders, and have a strong commitment to the SEARCH vision. Nominations are due Sunday, 4 June 2017.

Witness Community Highlights

1 May 2017
Witness Community Highlights

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) is pleased to release the premiere issue of Witness Community Highlights—an online publication created to highlight one or two Arctic research efforts, other timely items of interest to our readers, and complement the regular publications of Witness the Arctic. The first issue includes news about the 2017 Week of the Arctic, contributed by Larry Hinzman, and results from a 2016 survey to asses U.S. public knowledge about the Arctic, contributed by Lawrence Hamilton and project colleagues. Editors welcome ideas for future articles. If you have a suggestion, or a question about this publication, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren at betsy [at] arcus.org.

2015 Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting (AOOSM) Products Available

25 April 2017
2015 Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting (AOOSM)

The 2015 Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting (AOOSM), held in Seattle, WA, 17–19 November, provided the research community with a forum to discuss the advances supported by sustained, broad, contemporaneous observations in the Arctic and to identify areas for integration into an Interagency Arctic Observing Network. The meeting was structured to include keynote presentations, an agency panel discussion on achieving an interagency Arctic observing network, disciplinary parallel sessions, and a poster session. The meeting was attended by 206 participants and included 99 parallel session presentations and 42 posters. All products from AOOSM are now available on the ARCUS website. Meeting products include the final AOOSM report, full parallel discussion summaries, brief summary report slides, speaker abstracts, presentations, and more.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Recording Now Available

20 April 2017
Mia Bennett

A recording is now available of the ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar featuring Mia Bennett (UCLA & Cryopolitics). Mia's presentation discusses the the social and economic impacts of Arctic transportation infrastructure.

PolarTREC Live Event from Greenland

18 April 2017
Calving front of Petermann Glacier

Join teacher Adeena Teres and Project Manager John Woods for a PolarConnect event live from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland on Monday, 24 April 2017 at 9:00am AKDT, 1:00pm EDT. They will be discussing Operation IceBridge and their 2017 Arctic campaign. Operation IceBridge is the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever conducted. IceBridge uses a highly specialized fleet of research aircraft and the most sophisticated science instruments ever assembled to characterize yearly changes in thickness of sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctic. Register Today!

PolarTREC Live Events from Toolik Field Station, Alaska

12 April 2017
An Arctic ground squirrel eating a carrot in a cage. Photo by Andre Wille.

Join "Team Squirrel" for two upcoming PolarConnect events with teacher Jennifer Baldacci and the Arctic Ground Squirrel Study team. One event will be held on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 at 10:15pm AKDT (Wednesday, 26 April at 8:15am Swiss time). The timing for this event coordinates with the European school day (Jennifer Baldacci teaches in Basel, Switzerland). The second event will be held on Thursday, 27 April at 7:00am AKDT (8:00am PDT, 9:00am MDT, 10:00am CDT, 11:00am EDT). Both of these events will be broadcast live from Toolik Field Station in Alaska. Register today!

Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook Season Begins

3 April 2017
Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook Season Begins

The first Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO), which provides information on spring sea ice, weather and walrus for Alaska Native subsistence hunters and coastal communities was published on Friday, 31 March. SIWO is managed by ARCUS and produced with information from local hunters, the National Weather Service, and other sources. This week’s outlook includes observations from local observers in Wales, Shishmaref, Nome, and Gambell along with a summary of the state of the ice at season’s start. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/seaiceforwalrus/.

Polar Educators International Conference

4 April 2017
PEI logo

ARCUS is pleased to provide travel support, funded by the National Science Foundation, for several teachers to attend the Polar Educators International conference, “Education Meets Science – Bringing Polar Research into the Classroom”. The conference will be held in Italy, 11-14 April 2017, with over 50 educators and scientists participating. ARCUS staff will present at the conference about the PolarTREC program. There are a number of sessions that are being streamed during the conference.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Registration

23 March 2017
Mia Bennett

Registration is now open for the ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar “Development on Ice: Social and Economic Impacts of Arctic Transportation Infrastructure”. Featuring Cryopolitics' editor, Mia Bennett, the presentation will discuss the mechanisms connecting northern communities to regional and global transportation networks. The event will be held Friday, 14 April from 12:00-1:00pm EDT. Registration is required for both the live event, held at the ARCUS D.C. office, and the online webinar.

International Workshop to Reconcile Northern Permafrost Region Methane Budgets

10 March 2017

The SEARCH Permafrost Action team hosted the International Workshop to Reconcile Northern Permafrost Region Methane Budgets in Seattle, WA during 7-9 March. A group of 42 scientists representing terrestrial, coastal, and atmospheric methane sources, as well as modelers, focused on synthetic products and collaborations. Products from the workshop will include meeting reports (EOS, Witness the Arctic) and teams have been formed to produce several peer-reviewed papers.

ARCUS Seeking Business Manager

9 March 2017
ARCUS

ARCUS is looking for a highly motivated and experienced business manager to join our team! The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining the business, financial, and administrative systems of ARCUS. The position is located in Fairbanks, Alaska. Applications are due 5:00 pm AK Tuesday, 28 March.

PolarTREC Expedition Photos Available

8 March 2017
Photo by Karen Temple-Beamish

Photos from three recent PolarTREC teacher expeditions are now available on ARCUS' Internet Media Archive. PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which middle and high school teachers spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. The newest albums are Anne Schoeffler's Climate Change and Pollinators expedition to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland; Karen Temple-Beamish's Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra expedition outside of Healy, Alaska; and Sandra Thornton's Chukchi Sea Borderland expedition aboard the USCGC Healy icebreaker in the northern Chukchi Sea. There are many more PolarTREC albums available on our archive, with more to be added soon. The photos are free to download and use for educational and non-profit use as long as the provided photo credit is used for each photo.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Recording Now Available

24 February 2017
Heather Conley

A recording is now available of the ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar featuring Heather A. Conley of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Heather's presentation discusses the future of Arctic shipping, including areas of cooperation between Arctic actors.

Anchorage Arctic Research Day

24 February 2017
Anchorage Day of Arctic Research (Photo Courtesy: Diane Hirshberg)

On March 24, 2017, ARCUS and the University of Alaska Anchorage will hold the first Anchorage Arctic Research Day, in UAA's Rasmuson Hall. This event will bring together the rich Arctic research community within the municipality of Anchorage so that we can share information about the diversity of research and creative activity being conducted by researchers from a broad array of organizations, and foster new connections and collaborations.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Recording Now Available

24 February 2017
John Farrell

A recording is now available of the ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar featuring Dr. John Farrell, Executive Director of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. John's presentation provides an update on the work of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission and speaks on the topic of science and public policy.