This paper describes a suite of web pages and YouTube videos that communicate Arctic science clearly to a wide audience that includes decision makers, educators, students, scientists and the public. With the Arctic sea ice melting at a record pace in recent years, Arctic changes are occurring rapidly, with physical and socio-economic impacts for the globe, these websites are highly topical.
Arctic Theme Page – For a general audience, the Arctic Theme Page provides a comprehensive resource on all aspects of the Arctic environment, including educational topics such as Northern Lights, Arctic pollution, animals, maps, Arctic exploration, Native Peoples, and more, Arctic photos and North Pole Web Cam, essays on key Arctic issues by respected Arctic scientists, FAQ, and links to widely distributed data and information related to the Arctic from research institutions worldwide. A News feature highlights recent happenings. The North Pole Web Cam provides a view of the vast and unapproachable landscape during the sunlit summer months. http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/
Arctic Report Card – For non-specialists, such as scientists in other disciplines, educators, students or interested citizens, the Report Card is a concise, scientifically credible and accessible source of information on recent changes. The Report Card is prepared annually by an international team of scientists and peer-reviewed by experts of the international Arctic Council under the direction of AMAP. http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard/
Arctic Future – For non-specialists, the Future of Arctic Climate and Global Impacts website summarizes recent important Arctic results from the scientific literature, making them accessible to a broader audience, beyond the science literature. http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/future/
Sea Ice Outlook – The international Sea Ice Outlook website is a forum for a community-wide discussion throughout the summer about the expected September minimum of Arctic sea ice. Reports are released monthly throughout the summer. Although not formal predictions for Arctic sea ice extent, the reports represent a synthesis of community-wide estimates and, more importantly, the scientific rationale for the range of estimates of the expected minimum of sea ice. The Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook website is a regional resource for Alaska Native subsistence hunters, coastal communities, and others interested in sea ice and walrus. http://www.arcus.org/search/seaiceoutlook/
Arctic YouTube videos – A collection of Arctic videos that show summer Arctic sea ice conditions for summers dating back to 2002, arctic animal sounds, and explanations of current Arctic environmental conditions. http://www.youtube.com/noaapmel#p/c/38A1BF5B297D9D0E/1/NjmHMSv2Amk