The Local Observations database was developed to record, archive, and share indigenous sea ice knowledge and expertise. This information is generously shared with the public by the observers and the communities within which the observers reside. We ask that anyone interested in browsing or using the information review and agree to adhere to the ethical and appropriate use guidelines.

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Use Agreement

I understand that the observations compiled in this product were made by recognized local sea ice experts and are shared generously by the observers and their communities to help further education, scientific research, and communication between holders of local and indigenous knowledge and research scientists. I also understand that the observations were made in the context of sea ice knowledge and use specific to the different communities that are part of this project; any interpretation of the data should respect this context.

When using or referencing data from this product for research or reporting purposes, I:

  1. Must acknowledge and cite by name the person(s) whose observations are being discussed or analyzed, unless the name of the observer(s) is not identified in the observation record.
  2. Must use the following citation to reference the data set: Apangalook, L., P. Apangalook, S. John, J. Leavitt, W. Weyapuk, Jr., and other observers. 2013. Local Observations from the Seasonal Ice Zone Observing Network (SIZONet). [indicate subset used]. Edited by H. Eicken and M. Kaufman. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center. http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5TB14VT.
  3. Should refer to the specific context within which the observations were made and compiled, as outlined in the following paper that provides additional background information: Eicken et al. (2014, in press) A framework and database for community sea ice observations in a changing Arctic: An Alaskan prototype for multiple users. Polar Geograph., in press.

By accessing the data, I agree to the above Use Agreement.

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