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WEATHER

International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere
http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/iasoa
IASOA advances coordinated research objectives from independent pan-Arctic atmospheric observatories. Resources on the site include datasets, a data portal, observatories, and a news section. 

National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) > Multisensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent (MASIE)
http://nsidc.org/data/masie
MASIE provides a graphical view of ice extent in various formats by relying heavily on imagery. Resources include datasets, time series plots, and the Daily Sea Ice Extent for MASIE Arctic Regions interactive map.

NOAA Climate.gov
http://www.climate.gov/#dataServices
NOAA site with global, national, and regional maps that address all aspects of the climate, including climate change, climate variability, and climate projections. Resources include an integrated map application, Climate Watch magazine, assessment reports, factsheets, and library, among others.

NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov
NCDC maintains the world's largest climate data archive and provides climatological services and data to every sector of the United States economy and to users worldwide. Resources include data in categories such as land-based station, radar, satellite, weather balloon, and paleoclimate, among others.

NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) > State of the Climate
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc
State of the Climate is a collection of monthly summaries recapping climate-related occurrences on both a global and national scale. Global categories include analyses, upper air, snow and ice, and southern oscillation, while national categories include the national overview, drought, snow and ice, and synoptic discussion.

NOAA National Data Buoy Center
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov
The National Buoy Center’s links are categorized into NOAA websites, meteorological and oceanographic websites, university websites, and other links. Diverse data are available, including data on fisheries, sea level, and coastal ecosystems, among others.

NOAA National Weather Service > Alaska Aviation Weather Unit
http://aawu.arh.noaa.gov

The Alaska Aviation Weather Unit website provides AIRMETs, SIGMETs, graphical forecasts, SigWx Charts, pilot reports, TARs, hourly observations, and radar and satellite maps.

NOAA National Weather Service > Alaska Region Headquarters
http://www.arh.noaa.gov
The Alaska Region page offers marine hazards, public hazards, surface analysis, satellite and radar maps that are updated daily. Additional resources include specialized forecasts, climate data and information, weather data, weather safety, and pages dedicated to specialty topics such as hydrology and fire weather.

NOAA National Weather Service > Alaska River Forecast Center
http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov

The Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center addresses issues and data for Alaskan rivers in four categories: Rivers and Hydrology, Precipitation and Weather, Breakup and Ice, and Climate and History.

NOAA National Weather Service > Arctic Weather Support
http://arctic.arh.noaa.gov
Arctic Weather Support offers marine hazards, public hazards, surface analysis, satellite and radar maps that are updated daily. Additional resources include specialized forecasts, climate data and information, weather data, weather safety, and pages dedicated to specialty topics such as hydrology and fire weather.

NOAA National Weather Service > Climate Prediction Center > Arctic Oscillation (AO) http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/daily_ao_index/ao.shtml
The daily AO index is constructed by projecting the daily (00Z) 1000mb height anomalies poleward of 20°N onto the loading pattern of the AO. The site presents currents conditions, outlooks, and references. The site also provides the daily AO index since 1950 and circulation animations and time-longitude sections.

NOAA National Weather Service > Ocean Prediction Center
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov
The OPC website provides access to Atlantic marine, Pacific marine and unified analysis graphical forecasts, and various ocean products.

NOAA National Weather Service > Ocean Prediction Center > Alaska Map
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/UA/Alaska.gif
OPC Alaska-specific map that presents a unified analysis graphical forecast.

NOAA nowCoast
http://nowcoast.noaa.gov
NowCoast is a mapping tool that uses real-tile coastal observations and NOAA forecasts. Mapping layers include in situ station observations and remote sensor observations, meteorological and oceanographic analyses, model nowcast/forecast guidance, and hazard watches and warnings, among others.

NOAA Tides & Currents > Meteorological Observations—Station Selection
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/station_retrieve.shtml?type=Meteorological Observations&state=Alaska&id1=945&id2=946&id3=949
Meteorological observations by station. Each station link contains daily air, water, and temperature data plots, wind speed and gust data plots, and barometric pressure plots. Archived data is also available.

US National Ice Center > IMS Products
http://www.natice.noaa.gov/ims
A multi-agency operational center, NIC provides snow and ice products and services to meet the strategic, operations, and tactical requirements of the United States. Resources include polar ice extent graphs, ice analysis products, and KML files. IMS products include ice extent charts for regions across the Arctic and the Northern Hemisphere.

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Arctic Change
http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/detect
Arctic Change presents recent indicators that describe the present state of the Arctic climate and ecosystem. Content is divided into climate, global, land, marine ecosystem, ice and human categories, and further specialized subcategories. Further resources include a table of indicators and a news section.

Arctic Climate Research at the University of Illinois
http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu
A portal to the recent research related to Arctic climate and climate change at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences of the University of Illinois, the site provides papers, assessments, datasets infrared maps, and other resources.

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2012
http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard
The Report Card has been compiled annually since 2006 and is a peer-reviewed source for environmental information on the current state of the Arctic relative to historical records. The 2012 Report Card is divided into main categories such as the atmosphere, marine ecosystem, and terrestrial cryosphere, and further populated with multiple subcategories.

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2012 > Terrestrial Cryosphere Summary
http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard/terrestrial_cryosphere.html
The Update for 2012 presents the terrestrial cryosphere summary and links to category specific topics, including snow, glaciers and ice caps, the Greenland Ice Sheet, and permafrost.

NASA Global Climate Change
http://climate.jpl.nasa.gov
NASA site dedicated to climate change and its ramifications on the environment. Interactive data is available for the Arctic Sea ice minimum, carbon dioxide, sea levels, global temperature, and sea ice. Additional resources include topic-specific interactive viewers, explorers, and pages, as well as imagery and videos.

NASA ICE Cryospheric Sciences Program
http://ice.nasa.gov
The ICE Cryospheric Sciences Program aims to improve understanding of the cryosphere through long-term aircraft and satellite imagery. Resources on the site include multimedia and data resources, Global Ice Viewer, imagery, and pages dedicated to Ice Sheets and Sea Ice.

Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning (SNAP)
http://www.snap.uaf.edu
Downscaled historical and projected GCM climate data for Alaska and Western Canada. Features of the site include tools for charts and mapping and variables include temperature, precipitation, fire, vegetation, and permafrost.

Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)
http://www.arcus.org/search
A system-scale, cross-disciplinary, long-term arctic research program focuses on addressing climate change and its impact on the Arctic.

US Arctic Research Commission > US Arctic Research Policy
publications/24-3_moran.pdf 
Special issue on changes in the Arctic Ocean for the 2007-2009 International Polar Year. US Arctic Policy and the accelerated loss of Arctic sea ice are addressed.

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