Aerial view of Accomplishment Creek and the Sagavanirktok River in the Brooks Range of Alaska.  Photo by D.L. Kane


Freshwater Integration study (FWI) Working Groups


WORKING GROUP FORMATION
As a direct outcome of the initial Breakout Group Discussions and subsequent Plenary at the 2004 FWI All-Hands Meeting, two Working Groups were formed to play a central role in synthesis and integration activities over the course of the next year and beyond. Participants decided to focus on the Three Original Questions posed in the NSF-ARCSS Arctic Freshwater Cycle Announcement of Opportunity (AO) and to constitute and organize the groups around these questions:



'BUDGETEERS'
WORKING GROUP

CHAIRS:
  Mark Serreze (Atmosphere)
  Richard Lammers (Land)
  Craig Lee (Ocean)



QUESTIONS:

 What Are the Major Stocks and Fluxes?

 Where Are the Imbalances?

 How Can We Close the Water Budget?
'CHANGES/ATTRIBUTIONS'
WORKING GROUP

CHAIRS:
  Marika Holland (Global Processes)
  Jennifer Francis (Atmosphere)
  Craig Lee (Ocean)
  Max Holmes (Land)


QUESTIONS:
 Is the Arctic FW Cycle Intensifying?
   Document Changes to the Arctic
   Hydrologic Cycle
 If So, Why?
   Understand the Source of the Change: Attribution
 What Are the Implications?
   Develop Predictive Simulations of Feedbacks
   to the Earth and Human Systems


The Budgeteers Working Group will focus on the first part of Q1, Quantifying Stocks and Fluxes, while the Changes & Attributions Working Group will focus on the remaining questions. Chairs were selected for each of the Working Sub-groups (i.e., Atmosphere, Land, Ocean, and Global Processes), and these individuals are listed in the boxes above.

The working groups should independently work for now, but realize that we will later come together to combine synthesis findings. The activities and findings of the working groups will form the core of the 2005 FWI All-Hands Synthesis Talks.

Additional information for the Working Groups will be posted soon, including presentations from the FWI All-Hands Woods Hole Meeting and timelines and milestones.


Please contact Jonathan Pundsack (jonathan.pundsack@unh.edu) for more information.



Arctic CHAMP
Science Management Office

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Photo: Aerial view of Accomplishment Creek and the
     Sagavanirktok River in the Brooks Range of Alaska.  Photo by D.L. Kane