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Modeling Workshop Report
Modeling Workshop Report

This report is the product of a workshop organized by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) and held in Boulder, Colorado in January 1996. ARCUS was tasked by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to organize a workshop to provide recommendations to the NSF Arctic System Science (ARCSS) Program and the ARCSS Committee, the committee representing the arctic research community. Important goals of the workshop were to develop modeling recommendations and priorities and to determine important ARCSS synthesis efforts. Oral and poster presentations from the workshop are included in the report as are overviews of modeling activities within ARCSS.

The workshop was planned and led by the interdisciplinary Modeling Working Group. The Modeling Working Group (MWG) was created in 1995, as recommended in the report Arctic System Science: A Plan for Integration (1993), and was tasked with proposing mechanisms to devise the most efficient strategies for achieving ARCSS modeling goals.

We would like to extend appreciation to Gordon Bonan and John E. Walsh who were co-chairs of the MWG at the time of the workshop, as well as to the present co-chairs, Amanda Lynch and F. Stuart Chapin. The overviews of modeling within GISP2, PALE, OAII, and LAII were prepared by Mark Twickler, Starley Thompson, Richard Moritz, and John Hobbie, respectively. They contribute greatly to the body of information about ARCSS modeling efforts. Dan LaSota, of ARCUS, contributed extensively to the development of this publication, with both editorial and technical publications expertise. Finally, on behalf of the arctic scientific community, we thank the Office of Polar Programs at NSF for financial support and for the opportunity given to participate actively in this planning process.

Wendy Warnick
Executive Officer, ARCUS


Arctic System Science: A Plan for Integration. 1993. Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Simulated Arctic sea-ice compactness (%) and velocity (cm/s) with sea-level pressure overlaid (blue line) based on results averaged for 1990 - 94 from a sea-ice model driven by observed atmospheric forcing and modeled ocean circulation.

The coupled Arctic Ocean/Sea Ice model has been developed with department of Energy and National Science Foundation support and is being run by Wieslaw Maslowski, Yuxia Zhang, and Albert Semtner at the Naval Postgraduate School.