Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: Strengthening our Audience Connection with Icelights: Questions of the Moment (Phase II) (Award# 1226315)

PI: Beitler, Jane A (
Phone: (303) 492.6221 
Institute/Department: U of Colorado, Boulder, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences 
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ARE
Program Manager: Mr. Peter West (
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach |

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Science Summary:
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) will continue the on-line publication of Icelights--a sub-site of the NSIDC Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis website--which offers scientifically accurate articles, created to be accessible to the general reader, that help NSIDC interact more directly with the public on issues related to Arctic sea-ice extent and trends and to respond directly to the public inquiries on timely scientific topics. The grant aims to achieve several specific, and measurable, goals: -To continue the on-line publication of Icelights. -To increase the frequency of Icelights posts per month to an average of 2 to 4 from the current 1 to 2 per month. -To launch a series of special posts on the site, including blogging from scientific conferences where sea-ice topics are discussed, such as the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting. And to launch a series of "guest posts" open to scientists or science bloggers. -To increase the amount of two-way communications with readers of the site, including the general public, but also members of the traditional news media and the "blogosphere."

Logistics Summary:
This grant provides funding support for education and outreach to continue Icelights. Icelights offers accessible, yet scientifically accurate pieces that help the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) interact more directly with their readers, responding to their queries as topics become timely. No fieldwork is conducted.

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