Pre-Arctic-COLORS Data Synthesis Virtual Community Meeting

Virtual Community Meeting on pre-Arctic-COLORS Data Synthesis

October 18-20, 2021, 1:00-4:00 pm EDT

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As NASA prepares for the Arctic-COLORS large-scale field campaign ( in the near future, it is imperative to identify and characterize existing field data sets, modeling activities, and remote sensing capabilities within the coastal Arctic region that make up the Arctic-COLORS study domain.  To work towards accomplishing these aims, an open virtual Community Meeting, as a pre-Arctic-COLORS data synthesis activity, sponsored by NASA and the OCB Project Office.  We invite stakeholders of the Arctic-COLORS study region to participate in this community meeting to discuss and share information on past, current, and planned field measurement, modeling, and remote sensing activities.  This virtual Community Meeting will bring together a multidisciplinary network of scientists conducting research on biogeochemical fluxes and exchanges along the Arctic aquatic continuum, from rivers to the coastal Arctic Ocean, to lay the groundwork for what data are available, where data are hosted, and who to involve in retrieving them.  This synthesis activity is an important stepping-stone toward the development of the Arctic-COLORS Implementation Plan and eventually the Arctic-COLORS field campaign itself.


October 18 (1-4 pm EDT)
Day 1 focused on overview of this Arctic-COLORS synthesis activity (goals and objectives, outcomes, etc.) and presentations on relevant field measurements, including large field programs.

October 19 (1-4 pm EDT)
Day 2 focused on modeling activities, with presentations highlighting major modeling activities.

October 20 (1-4 pm EDT)
Day 3 focused on remote sensing, focusing on challenges, progress, and needs on satellite and airborne remote sensing.


Watch the Day 1  recording - Field Measurements -

Watch the Day 2 recording - Modeling -

Field Measurements

1:00 - 1:15 pm  Welcome and Meeting Objectives – Maria Tzortziou (City College of New York)

1:15 - 1:30 pm Anne Kellerman (Florida State University) - Introduction to Arctic-COLORS and the OCB Data Synthesis Activity

1:30 - 1:45 pm Rob Spencer (Florida State University) - Arctic Great Rivers Observatory (GRO)

1:45 - 2:00 pm Jim McClelland (University of Texas at Austin) - Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystems LTER

2:00 - 2:15 pm Atsushi ​​Matsuoka (University of New Hampshire) - MALINA and Nunataryuk projects

2:15 - 2:30 pm Q&A for all speakers

2:30 - 3:15 pm Discussion in break-out groups

3:15 - 3:50 pm Discussion as a whole group

3:50 - 4:00 pm Wrap-up and break for the day


1:00 - 1:15 pm Welcome and Introduction to Day 2 – Patricia Matrai (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences)

1:15 - 1:30 pm  Gabriela Negrete-Garcia (UCSD - Scripps Institution of Oceanography) - Community Earth System Model (CESM)

1:30 - 1:45 pm Joel Rowland (Los Alamos National Laboratory) - InteRFACE

1:45 - 2:00 pm Mike Rawlins (University of Massachusetts - Amherst) - DOC export from the Alaska North Slope to the Beaufort Sea

2:00 - 2:15 pm Blake Clark (Goddard Space Flight Center, Ocean Ecology Laboratory) – Fine-scale coupled models linking rivers to the coastal Arctic (Yukon-FVCOM-BGC-optical model)

2:15 - 2:30 pm Q&A for all speakers

2:30 - 3:15 pm Discussion in break-out groups

3:15 - 3:50 pm Discussion as a whole group

3:50 - 4:00 pm Wrap-up and break for the day

Remote Sensing

1:00 - 1:15 pm Welcome and Introduction to Day 3 – Antonio Mannino (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

1:15 - 1:30 pm Hajo Eicken (University of Alaska Fairbanks)- International Arctic Research Center (IARC) data

1:30 - 1:50 pm Charles Miller (Jet Propulsion Lab) and Peter Griffith (Goddard Space Flight Center) – Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) airborne remote sensing

1:50 - 2:05 pm Jim Churnside (NOAA ESRL) - Airborne oceanographic lidar measurements in the coastal Arctic Ocean

2:05 - 2:20 pm Atsushi Matsuoka (University of New Hampshire) - Arctic satellite remote sensing, challenges, and gaps

2:20 - 2:35 pm Q&A for all speakers

2:35 - 3:10 pm Discussion in break-out groups

3:10 - 3:45 pm Discussion as a whole group

3:45 - 4:00 pm Wrap-up and adjourn the meeting


Antonio Mannino (Ocean Ecology Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Peter J. Hernes (University of California)

Patricia Matrai (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences)

Robert G.M. Spencer (Florida State University)

Maria Tzortziou (City University of New York)

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"Arctic-COLORS (Arctic-COastal Land Ocean inteRactionS Scoping Study) - A Science Plan for a NASA Field Campaign in the Coastal Arctic" explore the report and other relevant resources

Principal Investigators and Primary Authors: Antonio Mannino, Marjorie Friedrichs, Peter Hernes, Patricia Matrai, Joseph Salisbury, Maria Tzortziou, and Carlos Del Castillo

Collaborators and Co-Authors: Matthew Alkire, Marcel Babin, Simon Bélanger, Emmanuel Boss, Eddy Carmack, Lee Cooper, Susanne Craig, Jerome Fiechter, Joaquim Goes, Peter Griffith, Dan Hodkinson, Christopher Hostetler, David Kirchman, Diane Lavoie, Bonnie Light, James McClelland, Donald McLennan, Irina Overeem, Christopher Polashenski, Michael Rawlins, Rick Reynolds, Rachael Sipler, Michael Steele, Robert Striegl, James Syvitski, Suzanne Tank, Muyin Wang, Tom Weingartner