What We Know About Walrus and Sea Ice: the Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) Project

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM AKDT
Speaking: 
Gary Hufford, National Weather Service, Alaska Region

Gary Hufford, National Weather Service, Alaska Region

A weather forecast and sea ice information for northern Bering Sea and Bering Strait subsistence communities called Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) is updated weekly with information on sea ice conditions and weather relevant to the walrus. SIWO includes: an assessment of current ice conditions using up-to-date satellite imagery; a 10-day outlook of wind conditions; written observations of ice conditions from Alaska Native hunters; and comments from sea ice experts and other contributors. SIWO is available through Web and Facebook sites. Join this webinar to hear about what we have learned about walrus distribution and habitat from a blend of western science and traditional knowledge, how this information provides the foundation for creating SIWO, and how you can contribute to the outlook.