Understanding Stakeholder Information Needs for Sea-Ice Forecasting

This webinar included an overview of stakeholder groups and their information needs, examples of how stakeholder groups deal with sea-ice and relate to sea-ice information, and discussion of how information gathered through stakeholder engagement can be of use to the sea-ice forecasting community. Time for participant questions followed the presentations.

Presentation Slides (PDF - 42.2 MB)

YouTube Livestream

Note: In addition to the Zoom presentation, a free livestream of this webinar was broadcast on YouTube — a facilitator provided support to those participants for submiting written questions to the speakers. There was a delay in the relay from the Zoom presentation to the livestream on YouTube.

This webinar was designed for the sea-ice research community and others interested in information about understanding stakeholder needs for sea-ice forecasting. While this was an open event, attendees were made aware that the discussions would largely be of a technical nature.

Webinar Presenters:

  • Hajo Eicken, Director, International Arctic Research Center
  • Joseph Little, Experimental Arctic Prediction Initiative, International Arctic Research Center/School of Management
  • Zeke Baker, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oklahoma and National Weather Service-Alaska
  • Marta Terrado, Science Communication Specialist, Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Presenter Bios:

Hajo Eicken is Professor of Geophysics and Director of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His research focuses on sea ice geophysics, Arctic coastal processes, and their importance for human activities and ecosystems. In Alaska he has helped lead efforts to advance collaborative research with Indigenous knowledge holders and to enhance use of scientific data by Arctic communities and government agencies. For more than a decade, he has worked with colleagues to establish a sea-ice observatory at Utqiaġvik/Pt. Barrow. Other collaborative efforts include his involvement in helping launch the Arctic Sea Ice Outlook and Sea Ice Prediction Network, his co-leadership of the Arctic Observing Summit, and service as Chair of a National Academies Standing Committee on Offshore Science and Assessment.

Joseph Little is Professor of Economics and Director of the Economics Program in the School of Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His research interests include Applied microeconomics, environmental economics, and non-market valuation. As a Project Team member with SIPN2, his work draws from an online survey of the Bering Sea fixed gear fleet to evaluate stakeholder preferences for seasonal scale sea-ice prediction.

Zeke Baker is a sociologist whose research uses historical and qualitative methods to understand the development and use of environmental/climate science, especially insofar as climate knowledge is embedded in social relationships of power. He is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Anchorage, Alaska, leading a project that evaluates how different groups use and interpret marine forecasts in the Bering Sea region.

Marta Terrado has an experience of more than 10 years in agriculture, water management and ecosystem services research. She is Science Communication Specialist at BSC’s Earth Science Department, supporting activities on communication, dissemination and user engagement. Working in the co-production of climate services, Marta facilitates knowledge transfer for climate change adaptation at the science-stakeholders interface. She has a PhD in Earth Sciences (University of Barcelona) and a Master’s degree in Geographical Information Systems (Polytechnic University of Catalonia).

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