What's SEARCH?

The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) is a U.S. program with a mission to provide a foundation of Arctic change science through collaboration with the research community, funding agencies, and other stakeholders.

To achieve this mission, SEARCH:

  • Generates and synthesizes research findings and promotes Arctic science and scientific discovery across disciplines and among agencies.
  • Identifies emerging issues in Arctic environmental change.
  • Provides scientific information to Arctic stakeholders, policy-makers, and the public to help them understand and respond to Arctic environmental change.
  • Facilitates research activities across local-to-global scales, with an emphasis on addressing needs of decision-makers.
  • Collaborates with national and international science programs integral to SEARCH goals.

More information can be found through this website, including the program structure, science goals, and more.

SEARCH Program News

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Arctic Observing Meeting

The next Arctic Observing Summit will be held 15-18 March 2016 in Fairbanks, Alaska. This high-level summit aims to provide community-driven, science-based guidance for an international network of Arctic observing systems.

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Sea Ice

Arctic science communication event organized by SEARCH Sea Ice Action Team mixes art, blogging, sound, and personal reflections.

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Learn more about the science initiatives and community-building efforts of the Permafrost Carbon Network in their new five-year synthesis report.

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Land Ice

The SEARCH "Land Ice" Action Team held a workshop in December to develop a plan for establishing a Greenland Ice Sheet/Ocean observing system.

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