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SEARCH Town Hall

6 December 2016
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The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) will hold an open Town Hall meeting on Monday, 12 December from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. PT in the Foothill E room of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis hotel. At the event, SEARCH leads will introduce new Arctic change information resources and discuss how researchers, agencies, and stakeholders can contribute to and participate in SEARCH activities. The event will be live-streamed for online participation.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Recording Now Available

1 December 2016
Hajo Eicken's Presentation Slide

A recording of the last ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar “Observations and Predictions for Arctic Sea-Ice Use: Perspectives from Coastal Alaska” featuring Hajo Eicken of University of Alaska Fairbanks is now available. Hajo's presentation explores how combinations of surface-based observations, Indigenous and local knowledge, and remote sensing can be used to react and respond to rapid change in coastal ice environments.

Sea Ice Prediction Network Meeting at AGU

23 November 2016
San Francisco Cable Car

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces an open meeting on Tuesday, 13 December 2016 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in San Francisco, California, during the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meetings. The meeting will provide a forum to: re-cap the 2016 Arctic sea ice/Sea Ice Outlook season; discuss the next phase of SIPN and how best it can meet the needs of network participants; and share information on relevant efforts and potential collaborations. A boxed lunch will be provided for meeting participants who RSVP by end-of-day Tuesday, 6 December 2016.

Sea Level Projections Survey

14 November 2016

The SEARCH Land Ice Action Team wants to help stakeholders interested in future projections of sea level connect with needed information. Are you concerned about sea level rise in your community? Please help us find the best way to communicate information to coastal communities and stakeholders by completing our brief survey. Responses due by Monday, November 21st.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Registration

2 November 2016
Hajo Eicken. Photo by Matthew Druckenmiller

Registration is now open for the next ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar featuring a presentation on observations and predictions of Arctic sea-ice use by Hajo Eicken of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The event will be held Wednesday, 30 November from 12:00-1:00pm EDT. Registration is required for both the live event, held at the ARCUS D.C. office, and online webinar.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Registration

29 August 2016
Henry Huntington

Registration is now available for the fifth ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar “Some things I can't explain, or, Why more social science studies are needed to understand human-environment interactions in the Arctic”. Featuring Henry Huntington of Huntington Consulting, the presentation will discuss the social dynamics that shape human responses to climate and other types of change in the Arctic. The event will be held Tuesday, 13 September from 12:00-1:00pm EDT. Registration is required for both the live event, held at the ARCUS D.C. office, and online webinar.

Sea Ice Outlook 2016

5 July 2016
Sea Ice Outlook 2016

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces the call for contributions for the 2016 Sea Ice Outlook July report; contributions are due Monday, 11 July. The Sea Ice Outlook provides an open process for those interested in Arctic sea ice to share ideas. The monthly reports contain a variety of perspectives—from advanced numerical models to qualitative perspectives from citizen scientists. Detailed guidelines for pan-Arctic, regional, and informal outlooks are available on the SIPN website.

Arctic Alerts 2016 Media Roundtable

27 June 2016
Arctic Alerts 2016

The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) announces ARCTIC ALERTS 2016, a media roundtable in which Arctic researchers will outline the unprecedented changes taking place in the Arctic environment and the local and global consequences. This year continues the recent trend of remarkable anomalies in the Arctic, and the presentations and discussion will focus on their connections to global changes.

The roundtable will take place at The National Press Club in Washington, DC on 13 July 2016 from 1-3 pm (EDT). Five brief presentations by scientific experts will be followed by questions from—and discussions with—journalists. In addition to the presenters, other scientific experts will be available to address journalists’ questions.

This roundtable is designed as a discussion between the researchers and journalists, so we won't be taking questions from the audience. Nonetheless, others are welcome to attend in listen-only mode. Please notify Brendan Kelly (bpkelly [at] alaska.edu) if you plan to attend so that we can accommodate everyone.

Post-Doctoral Position Available

10 May 2016
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The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) program is seeking to fill a Postdoctoral research position based at the International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). The fellow will assist in the National Science Foundation funded project's efforts to document and understand how degradation in near-surface permafrost will affect Arctic and global systems using synthesis science. In particular this position will examine Arctic impacts of degrading permafrost on fish, wildlife, ecosystems (services) and/or human infrastructure. Application review begins 30 June, 2016. The position will remain open until filled.

Web Streaming of Polar Prediction Workshop

3 May 2016
Photo by Russell Hood

Web streaming will be available for the 2016 Polar Prediction Workshop, which will be held 4-6 May 2016 at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York. The workshop will focus on: 1. sources of polar predictability on sub-seasonal to inter-annual timescales, 2. sea ice prediction, and 3. operational and research efforts. The web streaming link as well as the workshop agenda, participant list, and presentation and poster abstracts, are available on the workshop website.

Arctic Research Seminar Series Registration

5 April 2016

Registration is now available for the fourth ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research seminar/webinar “Regional and Global Implications of Changing Permafrost”. Featuring Ted Schuur of Northern Arizona University, the presentation will discuss the use of synthesis science by the SEARCH Permafrost Action Team and Permafrost Carbon Network to identify and understand the widespread implications of changing permafrost at both regional and local scales. The event will be held Thursday, 28 April from 12:00-1:00pm EDT. Registration is required for both the live event, held at the ARCUS D.C. office, and online webinar.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: SEARCH Science Steering Committee Call for Nominations

25 February 2016
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The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) program announces an extended deadline for the call for nominations of new Science Steering Committee members.

Although the official 2016 open call for nominations ended on April 4, any further nominations received by Sunday, 1 May 2016 may still be considered during the next candidate review cycle and will also be retained for future consideration as committee openings occur.

SEARCH Featured in 2015 IARPC Biennial Report

5 February 2016
IARPC 2015 Biennial Report

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) released a report last month highlighting SEARCH's Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) as a key accomplishment in the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee's efforts to enhance interagency cooperation. With diverse support from the Department of Energy, NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research, SIPN was celebrated for its collaborative interagency approach to improving the predictive skill of Arctic sea ice models.

SEARCH News From The Arctic Sounder

18 December 2015

Learn more about the SEARCH's ongoing effort to coordinate a sustained Arctic observing system in this news article from The Arctic Sounder.

Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting

5 October 2015
Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting

Reminder: The deadline for abstract submission and applications for early career travel awards is Friday, 9 October. The Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting will be held 17-19 November 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The open meeting will provide an opportunity to present and discuss scientific findings and advances resulting from Arctic observing projects funded by federal, state, and local agencies, and private and non-profit organizations.

New SEARCH Science Steering Committee Chair

24 September 2015
Caspar Ammann

The Science Steering Committee (SSC) of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) program announced today the selection of Caspar Ammann, PhD to serve as the new SEARCH SSC Chair. Dr. Ammann will assume the duties of his new role in November 2015.

As the SEARCH SSC Chair, Dr. Ammann will lead the Science Steering Committee’s efforts to ensure the program is achieving its vision, mission and long-term science goals by providing oversight and guidance to the SEARCH Project Office and Action Teams.

Dr. Brendan Kelly Selected as SEARCH Executive Director

21 August 2015
Dr. Brendan Kelly

The Science Steering Committee (SSC) of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) program has announced the selection of Brendan Kelly, PhD as its new Executive Director. Dr. Kelly will assume the duties of his new role on 21 September 2015.

As SEARCH Executive Director, Dr. Kelly will work with the SEARCH SSC to provide leadership and strategic direction to the SEARCH program and to forge strong cooperative relationships between academia, agencies, and stakeholders.

Sea Ice Outlook August Report

20 August 2015
Figure 1. Distribution of individual Pan-Arctic Outlook values (August Report) for September 2015 sea ice extent.

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces the release of the 2015 August Sea Ice Outlook (SIO). There were 38 (including one regional only) contributions—again a new record for the total number of submissions. Contributions were based on a range of methods: statistical, dynamical models, estimates based on trends, and subjective information. The median August Outlook for September 2015 Arctic sea ice extent is 4.8 million square kilometers (km2), 200,000 km2 lower than the June and July medians. This is the last monthly SIO report for the 2015 season. Post-season activities will provide an analysis of the different Outlook methodologist as well as a general review of sea ice dynamics over the summer. For more information, contact Betsy Turner-Bogren (betsy [at] arcus.org).

Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting

20 August 2015
Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting

Registration and abstract submission is now open for the Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting. The meeting will be held 17-19 November 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The open meeting will provide an opportunity to present and discuss scientific findings and advances resulting from Arctic observing projects funded by federal, state, and local agencies, and private and non-profit organizations.

Call for Contributions: August Sea Ice Outlook Report

3 August 2015
The Polar Sea cuts right though the thick sea ice. The blue color means it is multiyear ice (ice that has survived at least two summers). Aboard the USCGC Polar Sea icebreaker in the Beaufort Sea.

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces a call for Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) contributions to the August report (based on May, June, and July data). The SIO provides an open process for those interested in Arctic sea ice to share predictions and ideas about the monthly September minimum sea ice extent. Join a growing network of sea ice experts and contribute a pan-Arctic, regional, or informal Outlook. Submission deadline: Monday, 10 August 2015.