SEARCH Implementation Proposal


The SEARCH Science Steering Committee (SSC) is awaiting results of a proposal that the SEARCH SSC and the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) submitted to NSF and other SEARCH Interagency Program Management Committee agencies in support of a new organizational structure and framework (see the main SEARCH website for a PDF summary of the new SEARCH framework). The results of the proposal and next steps will be announced via ArcticInfo as they are known.


The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) and SEARCH are co-hosting a Town Hall Meeting at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco on Monday, 9 December, 12:30-1:30 pm. The Town Hall will:

  • Provide updates on IARPC and SEARCH missions and activities.
  • Present and discuss how IARPC and SEARCH are working together.
  • Discuss how researchers can participate in IARPC and SEARCH and benefits gained from participation.
  • Gather input from the community on the future direction of IARPC and SEARCH.
  • Address questions and concerns.

Members of the Arctic science, education, and policy communities are invited to attend; students and early career scientists are especially encouraged to participate. SEARCH will also present two posters on Wednesday, 11 December—one a broad overview, the other focusing on collaboration with the European Arctic Climate Change, Economy and Society (ACCESS) Program for sea ice prediction efforts (Poster Hall, Moscone South, Papers C31B-0648 and C31B-0645). In addition, an open meeting will be held on a newly funded Sea Ice Prediction Network project (details to be announced).

Arctic Observing Network

Planning has begun for an Arctic Observing Network (AON) Open Science Meeting, which will be held in 2014, pending funding. The AON Open Science Meeting will be designed to:

  • Share information on current AON efforts, science findings, and results.
  • Share information on future plans and pursue opportunities for collaboration.
  • Network to identify and pursue cross-cutting activities and areas for multiagency coordination.
  • Help establish the AON science community identity as multi-agency, extending beyond NSF-funded researchers.

More information will be provided as it becomes available. In addition to the initial planning for an AON Open Science Meeting, SEARCH has been following up on the "showcase projects" that were developed last year at the U.S. Arctic Observing Coordination workshop, and has been working with agencies on interagency AON planning and implementation.

For more information, see the SEARCH website or contact Helen Wiggins, ARCUS (SEARCH Project Office) at helen [at] or Hajo Eicken, UAF (SEARCH SSC Chair) at hajo.eicken [at]