NOAA State of the Arctic Report (2010)

Andrey Proshutinsky, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

GOAL: Providing and effectively documenting current and unbiased observations on the state of the Arctic Ocean in a way that is accessible to a wide audience. OBJECTIVE: To directly support NOAA's Program Plan for Building a Sustained Ocean Observing System for Climate by expanding current efforts to monitor and document the state of the Arctic Ocean. Other components of the Arctic climate system will be analyzed and provided by J. Overland (atmosphere), J. Richter- Menge (sea ice and overall project management), and V. Romanovsky (land). APPROACH: Proshutinsky will complete the work necessary to provide an annual, peer-reviewed consensus report and conclusion summary, which highlights major changes in the Arctic Ocean that are of particular interest to the greater climate change community. The annual report builds on a benchmark assessment and is based on data obtained from U.S. and international sources. It includes a pan-Arctic description of the key ocean parameters and interrelations with other atmospheric and terrestrial environmental Arctic characteristics. PROGRESS: This is taken from J. Richter-Menge's (project PI) report and reflects our accomplishments for the entire project: "The 2009 state of the Arctic assessment marks the 3rd update of the original report published in 2006 (Richter-Menge et al., 2006). Results of this project now routinely appear in the Arctic chapter of the BAMS State of the Climate report (Richter-Menge, 2009) and the web-based Arctic Report Card (Richter-Menge and Overland, 2009). The content of the assessment reflects the work of a large international team of researchers. For instance, the 2009 update to the report card involved 71 authors from more than 9 countries. Each year has seen considerable improvements as we work to refine these products, with more latitude to affect the content and style of the Arctic report card. The 2009 update to the report card included 12 sections, tracking the Arctic atmosphere, sea ice, biology, ocean, land and Greenland. The most notable change in the 2009 edition of the report card was found on the home page, where we incorporated a slide show featuring some wonderful images from the Arctic to help highlight key observations. There is clear evidence that the Arctic Report Card is achieving the goal of reaching a wide audience, as the website serving the Arctic Report Card currently averages 116,856 unique sessions per day (N. Soreide, personnel communication). Content from the report card is getting high visibility. For instance, the recent written testimony by NOAA Administrator, Dr. Jane Lubchenco on 2 December 2009, to the U.S. House of Representatives, Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, directly incorporated information from the Arctic Report Card (" Proshutinsky has contributed in this work via analysis of the Arctic Ocean conditions and changes and he was responsible for chapter "Ocean" in the Arctic climate report BAMS and website issues. PRODUCTS & MILESTONES: The report will be prepared and made available to for publication in: " 1 July 2010: Bulletin of American Meteorological Society Annual Report on the State of the Climate " 1 October 2010: Update to NOAA Arctic Report Card (web-based product)

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