Lead Stephen L Spehn (email: stephen.l.spehn.ngo (at) mail.mil)
Objective PEOPLE-ACE will develop an open-access, web-based, regional, national, and local environmental research and decision-support system that will provide a monitoring, analysis, and visualization capability based on geospatial analysis, earth observation data and modeling analysis for the Arctic.

Full Task description



  • Coordinating a Transition Plan with Navy, NOAA, USNIC, USEUCOM, NASA MSFC, and UAHuntsville to clarify out-year support responsibilities
  • Working to expand international participation and support – on the working groups, with data and model sharing, SAON support, etc. – key targets – Russia and Canada
  • Working with Universities conducting Arctic research to develop new products – focus on buoy data and archived sea-ice extent data – integrate research efforts into baseline – integrating new Navy Sea Ice Model, SAR and AIS data, etc.
  • Collaborating with other key activities to avoid duplication and provide key capabilities – Arctic ERMA, AON, etc.
  • Framing key follow on collaborations that address critical requirements gap aligned with Arctic Council – from basic communications, to sea ice monitoring, emergency response, maritime domain awareness, etc.


  • Feb 2012: Begin alpha testing with various priority users – USCG, NWS, NIC, etc.
  • April 2012: Present Tool (alpha release) to International Community – IPY Conference in Montreal, SAON Workshop, Multiple Events at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.
  • December 2012: Begin beta testing
  • March 2013: Conduct Technical/Operational Demonstration
  • June 2013: Transition operational system to NOAA – U.S. National Ice Center

Progress report (27AUG2011)

Report from 17SEP2012

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