UW News

June 1, 2016

UW researchers attend sea ice conference — above the Arctic Circle

UW News

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The UW contingent on the ice.Julianne Yip

University of Washington polar scientists are on Alaska’s North Slope this week for the 2016 Barrow Sea Ice Camp. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the event brings together U.S.-based sea ice observers, satellite experts and modelers at various career stages to collect data and discuss issues related to measuring and modeling sea ice. The goal is to integrate the research community in order to better observe and understand the changes in Arctic sea ice.

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UW sea-ice expert Jinlun Zhang displays his medal for a first-time crossing of the Arctic Circle.Julienne Yip

Check out the group’s blog, written by a NASA ice expert who’s taking his first trip into the field, or follow updates on Twitter. The group is based just north of Barrow from May 26 to June 2, in the northernmost point in the U.S.

UW participants include Cecilia Bitz, a UW professor of atmospheric sciences, Jinlun Zhang, an oceanographer at the UW Applied Physics Laboratory, Bonnie Light, a physicist at the Applied Physics Laboratory, Melinda Webster, a UW graduate who is now a research assistant at APL, UW atmospheric sciences postdoctoral researchers Yongfei Zhang and Edward Blanchard-Wrigglesworth, and Julianne Yip, an anthropology student who has a visiting appointment at APL.