Sea Ice and Weather Forecasting
The research team anticipates transitioning the decision support tool into National Weather Service Special Marine Statements and Arctic ERMA's interactive geospatial database. Due to detailed coordination with the National Weather Service.
Improving situational awareness is a critical element in supporting planning and emergency response efforts to environmental marine hazards in the Arctic. However, several factors complicate planning and emergency responses to maritime hazards in the Arctic; including the remote location of disasters, limited local response assets, and infrastructure. While some tools provide information on environmental conditions in the Arctic, there is a need to improve decision support tools in manners that better serve operators. To address this need, the research team on this project is developing a decision support tool, grounded in stakeholder interactions, to support weather and sea ice-sensitive decision-making related to marine environmental hazards in the Arctic. The project is focused on the waters surrounding Utqiagvik, Alaska.
Dr. Nathan Kettle
Ph.D. Geography Research Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks