Interagency Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)

The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) is an international effort to provide a community-wide summary of the expected September arctic sea ice minimum at pan-arctic and regional scales. Several activities have been completed or are underway to summarize the 2009 season and prepare for the 2010 Outlook. The 2009 Sea Ice Outlook Summary Reports, which are available online ( ), provide a retrospective review of the 2009 Outlook effort and results. The summary reports, based on statements from nearly 20...

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Undergraduate Elizabeth Parker
Part of Dartmouth's commitment to undergraduate education includes getting students involved in the research process early on—the Institute of Arctic Studies awards Stefansson Fellowships to undergraduate students whose research requires travel to arctic locations. Supported projects span the academic spectrum. Undergraduate Elizabeth Parker received a Stefansson Fellowship award in 2009 to support her research on capelin, a type of smelt that is an important food source for birds and whales. She spent the summer working at NOAA's Auke Creek Research Station in Juneau, Alaska. Photo courtesy...


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