Synopsis of August 2020 Collaboration Team Meetings

September 17, 2020
By Liz Weinberg

Did you miss a collaboration team meeting or are interested in what IARPC collaboration teams discuss? Here is the recap of all August 2020 collaboration team meetings.

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Health & Well-Being August Meeting: Did not meet

Atmosphere and Modeling Joint August 24 Meeting (Recording)

  • Topic: Towards Improving Arctic Reanalyses: Focus on Atmospheric Moisture
  • Presentations: 
    • PolarMERRA: A Collaborative Effort for NASA’s Polar Reanalyses (Chelsea Parker)
    • Evaluation of Simulated Cloud Water in Low Clouds over the Beaufort Sea in Arctic System Reanalysis using ARISE Airborne In Situ Observations (Brant Dodson)
  • Highlights: 
    • The current candidate model for PolarMERRA reduces biases including positive winter temperature, turbulent fluxes, evaporation, and precipitation bias in MERRA and MERRA-2.
    • In a project to evaluate errors in cloud and cloud water predictions from Arctic System Reanalysis (ASR) using the data from Arctic Radiation-IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE), ASR under-represented cloud water and conditions favorable for high-water clouds.
  • Relevant Links: 
  • Performance Elements: 2.3.4, 9.3.5
  • What’s next: Gathering Information for the Annual Report - Atmosphere Collaboration Team September 2020 Meeting (September 21, 4:00 ET)

Sea Ice and Modeling Joint August 27th Meeting (Recording)

  • Topic: Sea Ice Outlook: Approaching the minimum
  • Presentations: 
    • Brief introduction to IARPC and the meeting theme (Richard Cullather)
    • Pan-Arctic Ice Ocean Modeling and Assimilation System (PIOMAS)” (Jinlun Zhang, University of Washington)
    • US Navy Earth System Prediction Capability (ESPC)” (Rick Allard, NRL-Stennis,)
  • Highlights: This meeting brought together several sea ice modelers working on various models with a focus on recent updates and the 2020 season predictions.
  • Relevant Links:
    • RASM have a website for 6-month forecast every month.
  • Performance Elements: 3.3.2, 9.2.3, 9.2.4
  • What’s next: MOSAiC Air-Ice-Ocean Interactions(October 19, 4-5:30 ET)

Marine Ecosystems August Meeting: Did not meet

Glaciers & Sea Level August 13 Meeting (Recording)

  • Topic: Arctic Glaciers, Greenland, and Sea Level Research Needs
  • Presentations: 
    • Framing for Glaciers & Sea-Level Focused Discussion (Caitlyn Florentine, USGS)
  • Highlights: This meeting focus on research needs for and ice and brought together many perspectives on priorities and ways forward.
  • Performance Elements: All
  • What’s next: Arctic Freshwater Discharge: (Date TBA)

Permafrost and Terrestrial Joint Meeting August 11 Meeting (Recording)

  • Topic: Degradation of cold ice-rich permafrost
  • Presentations: 
    • Fast response of cold ice-rich permafrost in northeast Siberia to a warming climate - Jan Nitzbon (AWI)
  • Highlights: This meeting explored the question “how do ice-rich permafrost landscapes in northeast Siberia respond to a warming climate?”
    • CryoGrid3 effective tool to investigate ice-rich permafrost
    • Simulation of substantially increased degradation through thermokarst
    • Small-scale lateral processes exert crucial feedbacks
    • ESMs lack key complexities of permafrost terrain
  • Performance Elements: 6.3.2, 6.3.4
  • What’s next: Protection of Permafrost Soils from Thawing by Increasing Herbivore Density (Date TBA)

Terrestrial Ecosystems: See Permafrost above

  • What’s next: Protection of Permafrost Soils from Thawing by Increasing Herbivore Density (Date TBA)

Coastal Resilience and Data Collaboration Teams Joint August 13 Meeting (Recording)

Environmental Intelligence Collaboration Team August Meeting: Did Not Meet

  • What’s next: Sampling Season Report Back: (December 1)

Arctic Observing Systems August Meeting: Did Not Meet

Arctic Data Collaboration Sub-Team August 27 Meeting (Recording)

  • Topic: Data Needs
  • Presentations: 
    • "LEO Network Overview" (Mike Brubaker, ANTHC)
    • "Bering Region Ocean Data Sharing Initiative" (Jill Prewitt, AOOS)
  • Highlights: The goal of this meeting was to gather and highlight specific key data needs from IARPC collaboration teams. This meeting focused on the Coastal Resilience and the Health and Well-being Collaboration Teams.
  • Performance Elements: 9.3.4, 9.4.2, 9.4.3
  • What’s next: Food Security: Joint Observing Systems, Marine Ecosystems, and Data Collaboration Team Meeting September 2020 (September 30, 3:00 p.m. ET)
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