January 25, 2018, 1 to 2pm EST. See connection information below.
Dr. Øystein Godøy of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) program and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute presents on the YOPP meteorological and sea ice observations and provides an introduction to YOPP data management - status and future. Please share this with your networks.
The objective of this session is to provide researchers, community members and data professional with an understanding of the YOPP data program and tools, as well as creating an opportunity for the broader community to learn more about YOPP efforts to improve synergies in data use, and build collaborative relationships
The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP)(2017-2019) promotes cooperative international research enabling development of improved weather and environmental prediction services for the polar regions, on time scales from hours to seasonal. YOPP is a concerted international campaign to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic has been launched to minimize the environmental risks and maximize the opportunities associated with rapid climate change in polar regions and to close the current gaps in polar forecasting capacity.
The YOPP Data Portal will provide metadata and links to respective data sets generated during the Year of Polar Prediction. As a legacy for YOPP, this data portal is going to take into account the various requirements of end-users working with the YOPP data collection.
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IASC is proud to host Dr. Alice Bradley, 2018 Cryosphere Working Group Fellow, to the IASC Secretariat in Akureyri for a general-audience seminar - Friday 26 January 2018 at 12:00 GMT
As an pilot, IASC will be streaming this talk online as a webinar. Register here.
Title: Observational Approaches for Seasonal Sea Ice Environments
Abstract: Melting summer Arctic sea ice is one of the most visible indicators of climate change. Ice that grows out of open water, increasingly common in the modern Arctic, presents particular challenges for observation. This presentation covers two remote sensing methods developed to study first-year ice environments. The first uses an ice-tracking algorithm to trace ice floes backwards through the winter from an end-of-season ice thickness measurement to the time and location of freeze-up. The second method addresses a remote sensing gap: persistent monitoring of ice conditions on coastlines. Initial validation against Alaska Native community records show that this approach can detect freeze-up events and seasonal breakup. This data product will provide a more complete estimate of sea ice extent in the Arctic and will be a tool for operational ice centers that require sea ice information near shorelines.
Bio: Alice Bradley is a postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth College. She develops methods for observing coastal sea ice, including instrumented buoys and remote sensing techniques. She completed her PhD at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2016 with a dissertation on observed over-winter feedback processes in the Arctic seasonal ice zones. Alice was President APECS in 2016-7 and is now an IASC Fellow for the Cryosphere Working Group.
The Polar Data Planning Summit was held 23-25 May in Boulder, Colorado, USA: https://arcticdc.org/…/conferenc…/polar-data-planning-summit
A report will be coming up, but it was very clear that we have many important and productive polar data initiatives in place. Based on leadership efforts of groups like the IASC-SAON Arctic Data Committee, the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management, Southern Ocean Observing System, the EU Arctic Cluster, Polar View, Arctic Portal, GEOCRI and others, we are increasingly seeing good collaboration among these initiatives.
Material will be posted at https://nsidc.org/mailman/listinfo/polardata
SAON Committee on Observations and Networks (SAON CON)
Side meeting at POLAR2018
Arctic Value Tree Analysis –Recent developments and implications for societal benefits
Date: Thursday, 21 June, 2018
Room: A Wisshorn
There is an increasing societal and political interest calling for efforts to observe the Arctic areas and monitor their environmental changes for mitigation and adaptation in the future. At the same time, the Arctic monitoring efforts and related research are still lacking long-term support to maintain sustained and harmonized observations. Furthermore, the connections between the Arctic earth observations and monitoring data and the different societal benefit objectives should be strengthened for efficient policy advice.
The side meeting is highlighting the SAON CON activities supporting improved information flow between the international and national Arctic monitoring efforts, and two current Arctic value tree projects, aiming to connect the Arctic observations with related key societal benefit objectives.
More information is available here.