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.