SIWO Resources

Weather and Ice

National Weather Service - Alaska Sea Ice Program:
- Sea ice concentration analysis (updated daily):
- Sea ice stage (thickness) analysis (updated daily:
- Sea ice forecast map (updated M/W/F):
- Sea ice forecast description (updated M/W/F):
- Sea surface temperature map (updated daily):
- Monthly sea ice outlook (issued 4th Thursday each month):

National Snow and Ice Data Center - Arctic Sea Ice News:

Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA):

Wales Inupiaq Sea Ice Dictionary. Winton Weyapuk, Jr. and Igor Krupnik, compilers; advisers: Pete Sereadlook and Faye Ongtowasruk; editors: Igor Krupnik, Herbert Anungazuk, and Matthew Druckenmiller.



FAA Aviation Weather Cameras:

Round Island Walrus Cam (seasonal):

Walrus/Whale Tracking

USGS Walrus Tracking Website:

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Bowhead Tracking Website:
Walrus Tracking Website:

Press & Outreach

As the Arctic Melts, New Technologies Predict Where Sea Ice Will Be, Oceans Deeply online publication, written by Gloria Dickey, 14 March 2018

NWS: Sea Ice Lows in Alaska Made This Winter ‘Unprecedented’ KNOM Radio interview with Rick Thoman of the National Weather Service, 5 April 2018

Why climate scientists depend on Alaska's Indigenous communities now more than ever, Maddie Stone, Gizmodo, 11 October 2017

Presentation on SIWO by Lisa Sheffield Guy for an Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee Sea Ice Collaboration Team Meeting (25 September 2017)

Presentation on SIWO by Vera Metcalf for an Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee Coastal Resilience Collaboration Team Meeting (July 2017)

Impacts of Low Chukchi Sea Ice on Alaskan Communities - The ARCUS Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) National Snow and Ice Data Center - Arctic Sea Ice News, 7 June 2017

Subsistence Hunters and Scientists Working Together to Help Alaskan Coastal Communities Adapt to a Changing Climate, Sea Ice Action Network, 16 May 2017

Presentation on SIWO by Vera Metcalf at the "Community-Based Monitoring Experience Exchange Workshop" as part of the Week of the Arctic in Fairbanks, Alaska (May 2017)

How Can We Support Safe Navigation in Sea Ice and Food Security for Alaskan Subsistence Hunters in a Rapidly Changing and Less Predictable Arctic? 2017. Sheffield Guy, L., Heim, R., and Wiggins, H.V. White paper - NASA ICESat-2 Applications

SIWO presentation at the Melting Ice, Rising Seas Focus Session, November 2016 (PDF - 7.4 MB)

SIWO referenced in the report, "Community-Based Monitoring and Indigenous Knowledge in a Changing Arctic: A Review for the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks" (Johnson et al., 2016)

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Alaska Native Knowledge Merges with Modern Research to Help Study Arctic (27 June 2015)

KNOM Radio: Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (27 April 2012)

Alaska Public Radio Interview: New Sea Ice Report to Chronicle Arctic Conditions (27 April 2012)

SIWO Highlighted in the U.S. Arctic Research Commission Report on the Goals and Objectives for Arctic Research 2011-2012

SIWO featured in the International Council for Science report Understanding Earth's Polar Challenges: International Polar Year 2007-2008, Chapter 5.2 "Broadening the Cross-Disciplinary Impact of IPY Research":

Arctic Sounder: Ice-forecasting Project Uses Facebook to Improve Safety for Walrus Hunters and Whalers (24 May 2011)

Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) Webinar: What we Know About Walrus and Sea Ice: The Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) Project. Presented by Gary Hufford, National Weather Service, Alaska Region. (25 May 2011).

NYTimes: Another Symbol of the Arctic's Complex Ecosystem Finds Itself on Thin Ice (10 August 2010)

Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) Webinar: Weather Forecasts and Sea Ice Information for Bering Straits Communities: The Sea Ice for Walrus Project. Presented by Hajo Eicken, UAF (15 June 2010).


SIWO 2017 SummarySIWO 2017 Season Summary Infographic (363 KB)

SIWO information flyer (PDF - 883 KB)