SIZONet is an interdisciplinary project that implements an integrated program for observing seasonal ice in the context of a changing Arctic. Sea-Ice System Services (SISS), which offers a framework to organizing observational networks, guides SIZONet’s overall design. Garnered data within SISS involves the role of sea ice in maintaining a cool Arctic, and the benefits and hazards associated with sea ice, including how sea ice may aid Indigenous peoples. To join in SISS’s goal of better understanding sea ice, and as a contribution to the International Polar Year (IPY) project Sea Ice Knowledge and Use (SIKU), Mr. Eicken’s team has collaborated with Indigenous experts from Alaskan coastal communities, who have kept logs of ice conditions and ice use in their area. Such observations, along with geophysical measurements and modeling studies, can improve predictions of ice conditions, and in doing so, let different ice users understand and respond to a rapidly changing Arctic.
Through a partnership between SIZONet and ELOKA, Mr. Eicken’s team has developed an on-line interface to a database that archives and shares these important sea ice observations gathered by the community. Visitors can browse records of weather and sea ice conditions, animals encountered, and photographs taken along the observation routes by sea ice experts. To learn more, explore the Local Observations from the Seasonal Ice Zone Observing Network web interface.
This information is available to the different communities as a resource for learning, teaching, and remembering, while also being accessible to other researchers and the public. The database is meant to bring together different types of sea ice knowledge, and help track sea ice changes from a user perspective.
Lead Hajo Eicken
Organization Geophysical Institute - University of Alaska Fairbanks
Country United States
Geographic Coverage Bering and Chukchi Sea
Communities Barrow, Gambell, Wales, and other communities
Visit the Native Village of Wales to learn about one of the oldest communities in the Bering Strait region of northwestern Alaska. The site covers topics such as the history, culture, and economy of the region.
ELOKA is a collaborative international effort; the Web site is hosted by the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org