Arctic Warming Puts Ringed Seals In Peril
In a new interview with Yale Climate Connections, SEARCH Executive Director Brendan Kelly discusses the impact that Arctic warming is having on ringed seals.
Arctic Indigenous Scholars Program Selects Three Scholars for 2020
ARCUS and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska are pleased to announce the 2020 Arctic Indigenous Scholars. Please welcome Kimberly Pikok from Utqiaġvik, Richard B. Slats from Chevak, and Naidene Baechler from Newhalen. The three scholars will travel to Washington DC to share their views and build relationships with policy and decision-makers. Please view our webpage to learn more about this year’s scholars.
Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook Season Begins
The Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) season is now underway. SIWO is a resource for Alaska Native subsistence hunters, coastal communities, and others interested in sea ice and walrus. The SIWO provides weekly reports during the spring sea ice season with information from the National Weather Service, local observers, and other sources on weather and sea ice conditions relevant to walrus in the northern Bering Sea and southern Chukchi Sea regions of Alaska.
Witness Community Highlights
The March 2020 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: “Long-Term Monitoring Program Sheds Light on High-latitude Landscape Response to Ongoing Warming,” an overview of the data-supported research on how ground temperature responds to ongoing climate change; and "Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network: Facilitating Exchange between Arctic and Southwest Indigenous Communities on Food and Knowledge Sovereignty,” a summary of how this program brings together Indigenous scholars, practitioners, and community members to exchange knowledge and experience in support of food sovereignty.
PolarTREC Orientation Goes Virtual
PolarTREC educators from across the country are attending their orientation virtually this week due to the cancellation of the in-person meeting that was to take place in Boulder, CO. Learn more about their upcoming 2020-2021 expeditions to various Arctic and Antarctic research sites and onboard research vessels.
Visit the Arctic Calendar to See Updates on Events
Visit the Arctic Calendar to see updates on events that have made postponements, cancellations, or that have moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We've been updating changes as we see them, but please contact us if you have any additional updates or if you would like to submit a new virtual event through the online form at: http://www.arcus.org/events/arctic-calendar/submit or by emailing calendar [at] arcus.org
Polar Technology Conference Livestream Available
A livestream broadcast of the Polar Technology Conference plenary sessions will be available during 10–12 March 2020. The goal of the meeting is to link experts in polar science and technology development to discuss current technological resources for polar research and identify barriers to research and application of technology for problems unique to polar regions. Please visit the conference webpage to view details including our line-up of speakers and topics, agenda, and abstracts, and details on how to access the livestream.
PolarTREC Educator as Guest Blogger for National Wildlife Federation
PolarTREC educator Sarah Slack, currently aboard the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer in the Amundsen Sea, was a guest blogger for the National Wildlife Federation Blog. The article is based on one of Sarah’s journals during her expedition looking offshore from the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica at the seafloor and the records of glacial and ocean change contained in the sediments around it. You can read more of Sarah’s journals and about what she has learned on the Thwaites Offshore Research expedition.
PolarTREC Live Event from the Nathaniel B. Palmer in the Amundsen Sea
Join PolarTREC educator Sarah Slack and researcher Frank Nitsche who will be presenting from aboard the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer somewhere in the Amundsen Sea. Sarah and Dr. Nitsche will discuss the fieldwork investigating the Thwaites Glacier, surrounding waters, and seafloor in West Antarctica. They will also talk about what it's like to be part of a large research team and how it is to live on a research vessel. This event is free and will take place Monday, 9 March at 7:15 AM AKDT (8:15 AM PDT, 9:15 AM MDT, 10:15 AM CDT, 11:15 AM EDT).
Find out more about what Sarah is learning through her journals on Thwaites Offshore Research here.
IARPC Contract Position Available
The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) seeks a creative professional to use web-based skills to advance Arctic science coordination at a critical time in the Arctic research enterprise. IARPC is seeking a Web Manager & Community Coordinator who will be responsible for managing its online user-driven collaborative website called IARPC Collaborations. This will be a contracted position, managed through ARCUS. The application deadline is Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 5:00pm AK.
Witness Community Highlights
The February 2020 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes three articles: “Long-Term Research Addresses Resilience of Beaufort Sea Lagoons,”
an overview of ongoing ecosystem research in these Arctic systems; "MicroFEWs: Exploring the Impacts of Local Renewable Energy Projects on Remote Arctic Community Security and Resilience,” a summary of how this program explores those connections in remote Arctic communities; and “Alaska Fire Science Consortium Addresses Management Information Needs,” a discussion on collaborative research that involves end users in developing fire management resources.
Two Edward Little Teachers Heading to Polar Regions
Sun Journal article coverage of two Edward Little High School teachers's, Jenn Heidrich and Erin Towns, both selected for PolarTREC expeditions. Jenn Heidrich was selected to go on the Warming and Removals in Mountains of Northern Canada expedition in Yukon, Canada, and Erin Towns was selected to go on the Greenland Subglacial Tremor Project to Ilulissat, Greenland.
2019 Sea Ice Outlook Post-Season Report
The 2019 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) Post-Season Report is now available. The SIO is a community network activity led by the Sea Ice Prediction Network – Phase 2 Project Team, with contributions from key partners, to advance our understanding of the state and evolution of Arctic sea ice cover. This report includes in-depth discussions and analysis of factors impacting sea ice this past summer, the SIO contributions, regional observation, predicted spatial fields, Antarctic contributions, seasonal sea ice forecasting for the Alaska marine shipping industry, and a summary from the Sea Ice Drift Forecast Experiment (SIDFEx).
Helping Alaskan Communities Facing Climate Risks
SEARCH scientists examine how best to use science to help communities respond to rapid climate change in the Arctic in this new article from Eos magazine.
Arctic Research Seminar Recording Now Available
A recording is now available of the Arctic Research seminar with Jim Thomson, Senior Principal Oceanographer at the University of Washington's Applied Physics Lab. Thomson's presentation explored "Ocean Waves in the New Arctic", as the rapid decline of summer sea ice cover in the Western Arctic has been accompanied by a dramatic increase in the sea state of the region.
Call for Community Comments: Draft 2019 SIO Post-Season Report
The preliminary draft of the 2019 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) Full Post-Season Report is now available for community review and comment prior to final publication in mid-February 2020. Sea Ice Prediction Network members are invited to provide comments on all sections of the draft. To provide input, please reference the line number(s) in the document that correspond to your comments. Comments may be submitted via email to Betsy Turner-Bogren, ARCUS (betsy [at] arcus.org).
Deadline for comment submission: Monday, 10 February 2020 at 6:00 pm (AKST).
For questions, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren, ARCUS (betsy [at] arcus.org).
Witness Community Highlights
The January 2020 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: “NOAA Arctic Report Card 2019: Brief Summary” highlighting discussions on key land, ice, ocean, and atmosphere observations that are included in full report; and “Development of UArctic’s Thematic Network on Collaborative Resource Management,” an overview of the network’s activities to better leverage the knowledge of local experts in resource management decisions.
Arctic Research Seminar Series with Jim Thomson
ARCUS invites registration for our next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Jim Thomson, Senior Principal Oceanographer at the University of Washington. This seminar, titled "Ocean Waves in the New Arctic," will be held Friday, 7 February 2020, 08:00 a.m. AKST (12:00 p.m. EST) online via Zoom.
Helen Wiggins Selected as ARCUS Executive Director
The ARCUS Board of Directors is pleased to announce today the appointment of Helen V. Wiggins as its new Executive Director. For the past year, Wiggins has served as ARCUS’ Interim Executive Director, and has held the position of ARCUS’ Director of Programs since 2008. “ARCUS is very pleased to recognize Helen’s expertise in managing ARCUS’ programs, staff, and the complexity of our membership community. She has repeatedly demonstrated her capability at leading the organization to success in numerous endeavors,” said ARCUS outgoing President of the Board Audrey Taylor.
Arctic Indigenous Scholars Call for Applications
ARCUS and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska are pleased to announce the 2020 call for Arctic Indigenous Scholars. Three scholars will be selected to travel to Washington DC to share their views and build relationships with policy and decision-makers. We strongly encourage hunters, culture bearers, and those active in their communities to apply.
Visit the Arctic Calendar
ARCUS' Arctic Calendar is an online, searchable calendar of major meetings and events relevant to the arctic science, education, and policy communities. It serves as a community resource for tracking and publicizing major Arctic events and conferences, and to help avoid conflicting meeting dates. It is updated daily.
We encourage anyone organizing a meeting, seminar, or webinar to submit the event for inclusion on the calendar. We also welcome other Arctic organizations to link to the Arctic Calendar. Events can be submitted through the online form at: http://www.arcus.org/events/arctic-calendar/submit or by emailing calendar [at] arcus.org
Arctic Research Seminar Series with Jeffrey Brooks
ARCUS invites registration for our next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Jeffrey Brooks, Social Scientist at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). This seminar, titled “Science and Traditional Knowledge in Decision-Making: A Federal Agency Shares its Experience in Alaska,” will be held Tuesday, 7 January 2020, 10:00 a.m. AKST (2:00 p.m. EST) online via Zoom.
Witness Community Highlights
The December 2019 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: “The Future Shape of the Greenland Geodetic Network,” an NSF-funded Research Networking Activity (RNA) that aims to make data from this series of global navigation satellite system installations more accessible and to foster innovative research and “Permafrost Discovery Gateway: A New Online Platform Supporting Knowledge-Generation from Big Imagery” an NSF-funded project that will create pan-Arctic data products and provide easy access and discovery of these large datasets through visualization tools accessible through an interactive web browser.
Polar Technology Call for Abstracts
The Polar Technology Conference is planned for 10–12 March 2020 in Boulder, Colorado. The goal of the meeting is to link experts in polar science and technology development to discuss current technological resources for polar research and identify barriers to research and application of technology for problems unique to polar regions. Abstract submission has been extended until 7 February 2020, 5:00 p.m. Alaska time.