Posts Tagged «2016»

UW Today spreads the word that Polar Science Weekend has arrived. Event is March 4-6, Friday 10am – 2pm. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm.

Entrance is included with Pacific Science Center admission. Polar Science Weekend is a partnership between Pacific Science Center and the UW’s Polar Science Center and Applied Physics Laboratory, with support from PEMCO Insurance Company, the College of the Environment’s Future of Ice Initiative and the UW’s Quaternary Research Center.

Kristin Laidre participated in a panel discussion held at AGU’s 2016 Fall Meeting in San Francisco. She presented population projections for polar bears across the Arctic during the discourse of how satellites observe habitat change and help scientists forecast how species will respond.

Proshutinsky, A., M. Steele, and M.-L. Timmermans, Forum for Arctic Modeling and Observational Synthesis (FAMOS): Past, current, and future activities, J. Geophys. Res., 121, doi:10.1002/2016JC011898, 2016.

Harry Stern sits down with UW Today to discuss his research which involved accounts from early explorers to study the Arctic Ocean.

Regehr, E.V., Laidre, K.L., Akçakaya, H.R., Amstrup, S.C., Atwood, T.C., Lunn, N.J., Obbard, M., Stern, H., Thiemann, G.W., Wiig, Ø. (2016), Conservation status of polar bears (Ursus maritimus) in relation to projected sea-ice declines. Biol. Lett. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0556.

Harry Stern served as a respondent at the International Policy Institute (IPI) Arctic Fellows Research Symposium which took place on Friday, December 9 at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies on campus. The theme of the symposium was Arctic Indigenous Economies in Inuit Nunangat (Canada) and the Circumpolar World.

Mashable, the online news source, covered a study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, of a 20-mile-long rift in Pine Ice Glacier that eventually broke through the surface and cleaved off a 225-square-mile iceberg in July 2015. Mashable contacted PSC Glaciologist  Ian Joughin to comment on the findings.

Nature has reported on the Global Land Ice Velocity Extraction project (GoLIVE), recently announced at the AGU Fall Meeting 2016. This NASA-funded project uses perpetual data from the Landsat 8 satellite to monitor glaciers and ice sheets. The news source asked PSC Glaciologist Ian Joughin for comment.

Schliebe, S.L., B. Benter, E.V. Regehr, L. Quakenbush, J. Omelak, M. Nelson, and K. Nesvacil. 2016. Co-management of the Alaskan harvest of the Alaska-Chukotka polar bear subpopulation: How to implement a harvest quota. Wildlife Technical Bulletin ADF&G/DWC/WTB-2016-15. Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Juneau.

Serreze, M. C., A. D. Crawford, J. C. Stroeve, A. P. Barrett, and R. A. Woodgate, Variability, trends, and predictability of seasonal sea ice retreat and advance in the Chukchi Sea, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JC011977, 2016.

Serreze, M. C., A. D. Crawford, J. C. Stroeve, A. P. Barrett, and R. A. Woodgate, Variability, trends, and predictability of seasonal sea ice retreat and advance in the Chukchi Sea, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JC011977, 2016.

Shean, D. E., O. Alexandrov, Z. Moratto, B. E. Smith, I. R. Joughin, C. C. Porter, Morin, P. J., An automated, open-source pipeline for mass production of digital elevation models (DEMs) from very high-resolution commercial stereo satellite imagery, ISPRS J. Photogramm. Remote Sens, 116, 101-117, doi: 10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2016.03.012, 2016.

Smith, B. E., Gourmelen, N., Huth, A., and Joughin, I.: Connected subglacial lake drainage beneath Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica, The Cryosphere, 11, 451-467, doi:10.5194/tc-11-451-2017, 2017.

Smith, M. and Thomson, J., 2016. Scaling observations of surface waves in the Beaufort Sea. Elem Sci Anth, 4. doi: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000097

Stafford, K.M., M.C. Ferguson, D.D.W. Hauser, S.R. Okkonen, C.L. Berchok, J.J. Citta, J.T. Clarke, E.C. Garland, J. Jones, and R.S. Suydam, Beluga whales in the western Beaufort Sea: Current state of knowledge on timing, distribution, habitat use and environmental drivers, Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography (2016),

Steele, M. and S. Dickinson, The phenology of Arctic Ocean surface warming, J. Geophys. Res., 121, doi:10.1002/2016JC012089, 2016.

Stern, H. L. and Laidre, K. L., Sea-ice indicators of polar bear habitat, The Cryosphere, 10, 2027-2041, doi:10.5194/tc-10-2027-2016, 2016.

Stern, Harry L., Polar maps: Captain Cook and the earliest historical charts of the ice edge in the Chukchi Sea. Polar Geography, 39 (4), 220-227,, 2016.

NOAA released its annual “Arctic Report Card” and Gizmodo presented research findings by Kristin Laidre, among others, to help readers interpret the “grade”.

Kristin Laidre led a research team that investigated the importance of glacial habitats using telemetry data from Narwhals which were captured and instrumented with satellite-linked time–depth–temperature recorders in Melville Bay, West Greenland, over numerous years. Read about the findings in Biology Letters.

The University of Washington’s eScience Institute hosted a GeoHack week, November 14-18, 2016. PSC’s Anthony Arendt, Ben Hudson and David Shean helped lead this five-day workshop involving tutorials, data exploration, software development and community networking, with a focus on open source tools to analyze and visualize geospatial data. 

PSC Glaciologist Ian Joughin is listed as one of the ‘highly cited researchers’ for 2016. Mass media and information firms, Clarivate Analytics and Thomson Reuters searched for the top 1% of papers most frequently cited between 2004 and 2014 from among 22 broad disciplines in the natural and social sciences.

The University of Washington’s eScience Institute is hosting a GeoHack week, November 14-18, 2016. Join PSC’s Anthony Arendt and Ben Hudson for this five day workshop focusing on open source tools to analyze and visualize geospatial data. Geohackweek will also include a team from Google Earth Engine set to lead a series of sessions. Application deadline is September 15, 2016.

Vivier, F., J. K. Hutchings, Y. Kawaguchi, T. Kikuchi, J. H. Morison, A. Lourenço, and T. Noguchi(2016), Sea ice melt onset associated with lead opening during the spring/summer transition near the North Pole, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 121, 2499–2522, doi:10.1002/2015JC011588.

Results of an Australian-led research cruise in 2014-15, was recently published in the journal Science Advances. Warm waters from deep in the Southern Ocean are melting the Totten Glacier through two undersea channels, from the bottom up. The online news source Mashable asks other experts in the field, including PSC’s Ian Joughin, to comment.

Wilson, R.R., E.V. Regehr, K.D. Rode, and M. St. Martin. 2016. Invariant polar bear habitat selection during a period of sea ice loss. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283:20160380. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0380

Woodgate, R.A., K.M. Stafford, and F.G. Praha, “A synthesis of year-round interdisciplinary mooring measurements in the Bering Strait (1990–2014) and the RUSALCA years (2004–2011),” Oceanography,28,46-67, doi:10.5670/oceanog.2015.57, 2015.

PSC Chair Axel Schweiger comments on a new study that allows the calculation of a “personal sea ice footprint”.

Zatko, M., Erbland, J., Savarino, J., Geng, L., Easley, L., Schauer, A., Bates, T., Quinn, P. K., Light, B., Morison, D., Osthoff, H.D., Lyman, S., Neff, W., Yuan, B., and Alexander, B. (2016), The magnitude of the snow-sourced reactive nitrogen flux to theboundary layer in the Uintah Basin, Utah, USA, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2016-320

Zhang, J., C. Ashjian, R. Campbell, Y.H. Spitz, M. Steele, and V. Hill, The influence of sea ice and snow cover and nutrient availability on the formation of massive under-ice phytoplankton blooms in the Chukchi Sea, Deep-Sea Res. II, 118, 122-135, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.02.008, 2015.