SIZONet is an interdisciplinary project that implements an integrated program for observing seasonal ice in the context of a changing Arctic. In addition to sampling sea ice state variables, the observation system design is guided by the concept of Sea-Ice System Services (SISS). By assessing the nature and extent of SISS, an integrated observation network is being built that is also responsive to sea ice user information needs. The project's overarching scientific goal is to track intertwined changes and selected important impacts in a rapidly evolving Seasonal Ice Zone (SIZ) in order to improve our understanding and predictions of the Arctic sea ice cover.
As part of SIZONet and as a contribution to the International Polar Year (IPY) project, Sea Ice Knowledge and Use (SIKU) sea ice observations are carried out by sea ice experts from different Alaska coastal communities. These observations are entered into a database that will facilitate synthesis of different types of sea ice knowledge and expertise, and can help track sea ice change from a user perspective. For more information, refer to the evolving SIZONet project Web site.
|Organization||Geophysical Institute - University of Alaska Fairbanks|
|Bering and Chukchi Sea|
|Communities||Barrow and Wales|
Explore publications, curriculum resources, cultural resources, and Alaskan Indigenous knowledge sytems at the Alaska Native Knowledge Network Web site.
Visit the Native Village of Wales to learn about one of the oldest communities in the Bering Strait region of northwestern Alaska. The site overs topics such as the history, culture, and economy of the region.