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 Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting will be held 17-19 November 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The open meeting will focus on Arctic observing science achievements and collaboration opportunities.

Meeting Webpage

SEARCH at AGU 2015

SEARCH will be very active at the December 2015 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, with sessions, workshops, and other events.


Sea Ice

The SEARCH "Sea Ice" Action Team held a strategy task force workshop to develop its long-term workplan in September. Read the meeting report.

Sea Ice


The "Permafrost" Action Team will host the Annual Meeting of the Permafrost Carbon Network in December, prior to the AGU Fall Meeting.


Land Ice

The SEARCH "Land Ice" Action Team is organizing a workshop in December, prior to the AGU Fall Meeting, to establish a Greenland Ice Sheet/Ocean observing system.

Land Ice