State of the Science Briefs
SEARCH Science Brief: Climate Change and the Permafrost Carbon Feedback
SEARCH Science Brief: A Warming Arctic Threatens Rural Community Resilience
SEARCH Science Brief: Effects of the Arctic Meltdown on U.S. Weather Patterns
SEARCH Science Brief: Rapid Arctic Environmental Change Disrupts Marine Ecosystems
SEARCH Science Brief: Disappearing Sea Ice Fuels Greenland Melt
SEARCH Science Brief: Diminishing Arctic Sea Ice
SEARCH Science Brief: Arctic Land Ice is Decreasing
Sea Ice Outlook Reports
The Sea Ice Outlook, an activity of the Sea Ice Prediction Network and a contribution to SEARCH, produces reports in June, July, and August containing a variety of perspectives on Arctic sea ice—from observations of current conditions, to advanced numerical models, to qualitative perspectives from citizen scientists. A post-season report provides an in-depth analysis of factors driving sea ice extent this summer as well as explore the scientific methods for predicting seasonal ice extent.
Go to the Sea Ice Outlook webpages: http://www.arcus.org/sipn/sea-ice-outlook
Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook
The Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO), a contribution to SEARCH, is a resource for Alaska Native subsistence hunters, coastal communities, and others interested in sea ice and walrus. The SIWO provides weekly reports from April through June with information on sea ice conditions relevant to walrus in the Northern Bering Sea and southern Chukchi Sea regions of Alaska.
Go to the Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook webpage: http://www.arcus.org/search-program/siwo
2015 Permafrost Article Published in Nature
Led by Ted Schuur, Permafrost Action Team Chair, and incorporating many previous and ongoing synthesis activities of the Permafrost Carbon Network, the Climate Change and the Permafrost Carbon Feedback review article was published by Nature in April of 2015 (doi:10.1038/nature14338). The review outlined the current state of knowledge about the impact of thawing permafrost carbon on climate in a future warmer world.
Listen to Sue Natali, one of the Nature article's co-authors, discuss the significant role that Arctic permafrost carbon release plays in global climate change on PRI's Living on Earth program here.
2015 Arctic Observing Framework
The drafting of this proposed Arctic Observing framework was co-led by Hajo Eicken, chair the SEARCH Science Steering Committee (SSC), and Craig Lee, chair of the SEARCH Observing Change Panel (OCP), with input from the SEARCH Science Steering Committee, SEARCH Observing Change Panel and SEARCH Science Office. The paper proposes an Integrated Arctic Observing System organized though a framework of “Arctic Services” to better combine the different roles that AON would play for agencies supporting basic research, those with operational missions, as well as non-governmental entities and stakeholders. The full framework document as well as a summary brief are provided below.
2015 Arctic Observing Network Position Paper
This brief position paper was led by Craig Lee, chair of the SEARCH Observing Change Panel (OCP), with input from both the OCP, SEARCH SSC, ARCUS, and via a call for input from the broader community. The paper represents a synthesis of discussions within SEARCH over the previous year and builds on past SEARCH-AON community events and workshops. Key issues addressed in the paper include governance, network integration, and sustained funding. More information: http://www.arcus.org/search-program/aon
2014 Arctic Observing System Framework White Paper
This 5-page white paper summarizes a potential implementation framework for a sustained US Arctic Observing System. The white paper includes discussion of how to set priorities, strategy, tactics, and operational implementation.
2012 U.S. Arctic Observing Network Coordination Workshop Report
Payne, J., D. Perovich, R. Shnoro, and H. Wiggins, eds., 2013: U.S. Arctic Observing Network Coordination Workshop Report. Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH), Fairbanks, Alaska, 52pp.
AON Design and Implementation (ADI) Task Force Final Report 2012
AON Design and Implementation Task Force. Designing, Optimizing, and Implementing an Arctic Observing Network (AON): A Report by the AON Design and Implementation (ADI) Task Force (2012). Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH), Fairbanks, AK. 64 pp.
2012 Recommendations for Understanding Arctic System Change
This white paper, "Recommendations for Understanding Arctic System Change" was based on a workshop held 2010 and subsequent discussions to identify key unknowns and key science questions for understanding arctic system change; and identify the next steps in synthesis activities, methodologies, mechanisms, and approaches to address the identified key science questions.
Editors: Scott Elliott, Joshua Schimel, John Walsh, Helen Wiggins
2009 AON Status Report and Key Recommendations
Arctic Observing Network (AON): 2009 Status Report and Key Recommendations. Results from the Third AON PI Meeting; 30 November - 2 December 2009; Boulder, CO. 170 pp. (Released August 2010).
Arctic Observation Integration: Workshops Report. 2008.
Fairbanks, Alaska: SEARCH Project Office, Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS).
SEARCH Data Policy
In 2007, a SEARCH Data Working Group developed a SEARCH Data Policy to guide the documentation and distribution of SEARCH-related datasets.
Study of Environmental Arctic Change: Plans for Implementation During the International Polar Year and Beyond.
Report of the SEARCH Implementation Workshop, May 23 - 25, 2005.
This report is a synthesis of community-wide planning discussions before, during and after the SEARCH Implementation Workshop, which was convened to establish priorities for the next steps of the implementation of SEARCH. The report is meant to serve as a point of reference for immediate planning in preparation for the International Polar Year and for an Arctic Observing Network, and also to provide a perspective on SEARCH beyond the immediate needs and priorities.
Proceedings of the SEARCH Open Science Meeting
27-30 October 2003, Seattle, Washington.
These proceedings present the evidence of rapid environmental change in the Arctic discussed during the 2003 SEARCH Open Science Meeting.
SEARCH: The Study of Environmental Arctic Change: A four page brochure.
SEARCH: The Study of Environmental Arctic Change, a brochure published by the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. for the SEARCH Interagency Working Group and the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, is now available.
At the request of John Calder, head of the Arctic Research Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and through the Cooperative Institute for Arctic Research (CIFAR) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, ARCUS developed this short informational brochure to introduce the SEARCH program, a major new interagency arctic research effort, to a general audience.
Nine federal agencies with research interests and responsibilities in the Arctic will cooperate to carry out the SEARCH program. The SEARCH brochure is designed for use by agency representatives to present their research activities and the collaborative activities supported by SEARCH and to inform the public of the impact of SEARCH activities in assessing and understanding the scope of global climate change.
The brochure consists of four pages, featuring each agency's SEARCH activities and an overall description of the purpose, activities and plans for SEARCH. The brochure is available as a downloadable PDF from the ARCUS web site.
Other Reports and Science Plans
Various other reports and science plans, including the SEARCH Science Plan (2001) and the Implementation Strategy (2003) can be found by clicking here.
Witness The Arctic Articles
Witness the Arctic is a newsletter of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) typically published three times per year. The newsletter serves an audience of Arctic scientists, educators, agency personnel, and policy makers and provides information on current Arctic research efforts and findings, significant research initiatives, science education, national policy affecting Arctic research, and related international activities. SEARCH program updates and articles are a regular feature of each publication.
- Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Update (Spring 2016 Issue 2)
- Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Update (Winter 2016 Issue 1)
- SEARCH Brings Essential Coordination to Interdisciplinary Arctic Science: Observations from the SEARCH Executive Director (Fall 2015 Issue 3)
- Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Update (Fall 2015 Issue 3)
- Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Update (Spring 2015 Issue 2)
- Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Update (Winter 2015 Issue 1)
- Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Update (Fall 2014 Issue 3)
- Sea Ice Prediction has Easy and Difficult Years (Spring 2014 Issue 2)
- Brief SEARCH Update (Spring 2014 Issue 2)
- Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) News (Winter 2014 Issue 1)
- Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) News (Fall 2013 Issue 3)
- Local and Traditional Knowledge Stewardship: Managing Data and Information from the Arctic (Spring 2013 Issue 2)
- Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) News (Spring 2013 Issue 2)
- SEARCH Updates (Winter 2013 Issue 1)
- A Conversation with Dr. Neil Swanberg, NSF Arctic System Science Program Director (Fall 2012 Issue 3)
- Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Progress and Activities (Fall 2012 Issue 3)
- Arctic Observing Network Design and Implementation Workshop Planned (Spring 2012 Issue 2)
- U.S. Arctic Observing Coordination Workshop Held in March (Spring 2012 Issue 2)
- Early-Release Data on Ice Thickness, Snow Depth, and Ice Characteristics (Spring 2012 Issue 2)
- 2012 Sea Ice Outlook and Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook Launched (Spring 2012 Issue 2)
- SEARCH Encourages Proposals to the Arctic Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (ArcSEES) Opportunity (Spring 2012 Issue 2)
- Community Input Into SEARCH 5-Year Goals and Objectives (Spring 2012 Issue 2)
- In Remembrance of Dr. Deanna Kingston (Winter 2012 Issue 1)
- SEARCH Meeting Advances New SEARCH Goals and Implementation Strategy (Winter 2012 Issue 1)
- A Conversation with Mark Serreze and Jim Moore, Principal Investigators for the Advanced Cooperative Arctic Data and Information Service (ACADIS) (Fall 2011 Issue 3)
- NSF’s New Data Management System for Arctic Research Programs (Fall 2011 Issue 3)
- SEARCH Progress and News (Fall 2011 Issue 3)
- SEARCH Updates (Spring 2011 Issue 2)
- SEARCH at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (Winter 2011 Issue 1)
- Science Steering Committee Meeting Refines Future Directions for SEARCH (Winter 2011 Issue 1)
- State of the Arctic Conference Resolution Released (Fall 2011 Issue 1)
- New SEARCH Science Steering Committee (SSC) Chair (Fall 2010 Issue 1)
- New SEARCH Science Steering Committee (SSC) Chair (Fall 2010 Issue 1)
- Understanding Arctic Change Workshop Held in Seattle (Fall 2010 Issue 1)
- Arctic Observing Network Report Released (Fall 2010 Issue 1)
- State of the Arctic Conference Highlights Interdisciplinary, System-Scale Science (Fall 2010 Issue 1)
- AON Design and Implementation Task Force Formed (Winter 2009 Issue 4)
- Sea Ice Outlook: 2009 Summary Reports and Plans for 2010 (Winter 2009 Issue 4)
- SEARCH and ARCSS Form Joint “Understanding Arctic Change” Task Force (Winter 2009 Issue 4)
- 2009 Arctic Observing Network Awards (Fall 2009 Issue 3)
- NSF Awards $35 Million in AON Projects (Fall 2009 Issue 3)
- 2009 SEARCH Sea Ice Outlook Effort Underway (Spring 2009 Issue 2)