SCICEX: Submarine Arctic Science Program

Committees

SCICEX has both a Science Advisory Committee (SAC) and an Inter-Agency Committee.

The SCICEX SAC identifies scientific priorities and makes recommendations for baseline data collection and periodically reviews these and updates the SCICEX Phase II Science Plan as appropriate.

Science Advisory Committee Members

Name Institution Discipline
Jackie Richter-Menge (Chair) bio ERDC-Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
U.S. Army Core of Engineers, Hanover, NH
Sea Ice Cover
Larry Mayer bio Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping Joint Hydrographic Center
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Bathymetry
Walt Meier NSIDC bio National Snow and Ice Data Center
Boulder, CO
Sea Ice Cover
Jamie Morison Polar Science Center Applied Physics Lab
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Physical Oceanography
Ray Sambrotto bio Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University, Palisades, NY
Biological Oceanography
Bill Smethie bio Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University, Palisades, NY
Chemical Oceanography
Terry Tucker Retired, ERDC-Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
U.S. Army Core of Engineers, Hanover, NH
Sea Ice Cover

Member Biographies

Dr. Jackie Richter-Menge

Dr. Jackie Richter-Menge is a research engineer with the US Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), in Hanover, NH, and a Research Affiliate with the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Her research helps develop a more comprehensive understanding of the Arctic sea ice cover through direct observations. Recently, she has assisted with the deployment of a network of autonomous sea ice mass balance buoys, as part of the Arctic Observing Network. Jackie also collects in situ ice thickness and snow depth measurements to support the development of airborne and satellite-based observations and participates in a wide range of educational outreach activities. In recognition of her career achievements, she proudly received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from UAF during commencement exercises on 8 May 2016.

Jackie Richter-Menge
Jackie Richter-Menge — Credit: SCICEX

Dr. Larry Mayer

Dr. Larry Mayer is a Professor and the Director of the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and the Director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire. Larry has participated in more than 90 cruises and has been chief or co-chief scientist of numerous expeditions including two legs of the Ocean Drilling Program and eight mapping expeditions in the ice covered regions of the high Arctic. He is the recipient of the Keen Medal for Marine Geology and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stockholm. He has chaired National Academies of Science committees on national needs for coastal and ocean mapping and on the impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on ecosystem services in the Gulf of Mexico and is currently the Chair of the Academy’s Ocean Studies Board. Larry's research deals with sonar imaging and remote characterization of the seafloor as well as advanced applications of 3-D visualization to ocean mapping problems and applications of mapping to Law of the Sea issues, particularly in the Arctic.

Larry Mayer
Larry Mayer — Credit: SCICEX

Dr. Ray Sambrotto

Dr. Ray Sambrotto is a Research Professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades, NY USA. His work centers on aquatic microbiology and marine ecology. He has investigated every major ocean basin to evaluate its role in the movement of nutrients and carbon dioxide through the ocean and atmosphere and how the ecological structure in the upper ocean interacts with earth’s climatic variations. He has worked extensively in the Arctic, and in particular on the interaction between sea ice and arctic biological productivity and the adaptation of microbes in such extreme environments. He is the developer of EarthView Explorer, a software package for student exploration of the earth sciences and contributed to the development of SCICEX, a project to use U.S. Navy submarines for scientific sampling of the Arctic Ocean.

Ray Sambrotto
Ray Sambrotto — Credit: SCICEX

Dr. Bill Smethie

Dr. William M. Smethie, Jr. is a Special Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University, having just retired from his Doherty Research Professor position. His research focuses on measurement of natural and anthropogenic chemical tracers in the ocean to study physical processes, particularly deep circulation, mixing and formation of subsurface water masses. Since the 1980s, he has been using these techniques to study the variability in circulation and mixing in the Arctic Ocean along with how these processes influence the freshwater budget by collecting underlying water samples from icebreaker cruises, submarine excursions, and aircraft landings on the sea ice. His most recent work includes collecting a decade long time series of hydrographic and tracer measurements along a section extending from Alert to the North Pole from aircraft and measuring CFCs and SF6 on the 2015 US GEOTRACES cruise aboard the USGS Healy.

Previous Members

Name Institution Discipline Dates of Membership
Tim Boyd The Scottish Association for Marine Science
Oban, Scotland, UK
Hydrography December 2007 - January 2013
Margo Edwards Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Bathymetry December 2007 - February 2013
Mark Wensnahan Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Sea Ice Cover December 2007 - February 2013

Science Advisory Committee meetings

29 July 2021, Virtual

A virtual session of the SCICEX SAC held 29 July 2021.

Meeting summary comming soon.

25 October 2016, San Diego, CA

The 2016 SAC meeting was held at the Arctic Submarine Laboratory in San Diego, CA on 25 October 2016.

View the 2016 SAC meeting summary.

21-22 May 2014, Arlington, VA

The 2014 SAC meeting was held on May 21-22, 2014 in Arlington, VA. The presentations given at the meeting are available in PDF format and are listed in alphabetical order by presenter in the table below.

View the May 2014 Meeting Summary.

Presenter Presentation Title (size)
Jeff Gossett Arctic Submarine Lab (ASL) SCICEX Update (3.3 MB)
Larry Mayer SCICEX SAM Bathymetry Update (7.9 MB)
Jackie Richter-Menge State of SCICEX 2014 (9.6 MB)
Ray Sambrotto SCICEX Capabilities, Recent Activities, and Results for CTD and Water Sample Data (3.4 MB)
Cdr. Nick Vincent US Navy Arctic Roadmap 2014-2030 (2 MB)
Mark Wensnahan SCICEX Sea Ice Draft Update 2014 (6 MB)
Ann Windnagel SCICEX Data Management Effort at NSIDC – 2014 Update (5.7 MB)

14-15 February 2013, Arlington, VA

The 2013 SAC Meeting was held at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, VA from February 14-15. The presentations given at the meeting are available in PDF format and are listed in alphabetical order by presenter in the table below.

View the 2013 Meeting Summary.

Presenter Presentation Title (size)
Florence Fetterer and
Ann Windnagel
NSIDC SCICEX Web Portal and Data Gathering Update (4.3 MB)
Jeff Gossett SCICEX 2011 SAM Data Update (894 KB)
State of SCICEX at ASL (1.1 MB)
Jackie Richter-Menge SCICEX SAC Yearly Report (4.0 MB)
Ray Sambrotto and
Bill Smethie
SCICEX 2011 Water Sample Update (1 MB)
Water Sample Boat-to-Archive Template (686 KB)

2-3 February 2012, Arlington, VA

The 2012 SAC Meeting was held at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, VA from February 2-3.

View the 2012 Meeting Summary.

The presentations given at the meeting are available in PDF format and are listed in alphabetical order by presenter in the table below: 

Presenter Presentation Title (size)
Tim Boyd SCICEX 2011 SAM XCTD Update (4.6 MB)
Florence Fetterer
Ann Windnagel
SCICEX Web Portal Update (5.3 MB)
Jeff Gossett ICEX/SCICEX 2011 Arctic Submarine Lab (ASL) Report (1.4 MB)
Jackie Richter-Menge SCICEX SAC Yearly Report (7.3 MB)
Ray Sambrotto
Bill Smethie
SCICEX 2011 SAM Water Sample Update (1 MB)

27-28 January 2011, Arlington, VA

The 2011 SAC Meeting was held at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, VA from January 27-28.

View the 2011 Meeting Summary.

The presentations given at the meeting are available in PDF format and are listed in alphabetical order by presenter in the table below: 

Presenter Presentation Title (size)
Bob Arko
Dale Chayes
Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) (2 MB)
Tim Boyd SCICEX XCTD update (437 KB)
Tim Boyd UK Arctic Submarine Science Update (179 KB)
Margo Edwards SCICEX Bathymetry Update (659 KB)
Joan Gardner
Jackie Richter-Menge
Determining the Impact of Sea Ice Thickness on the Arctic's Naturally Changing Environment (DISTANCE) (2.7 MB)
Jackie Richter-Menge SCICEX Phase 2 Overview Part I (525 KB)
Jackie Richter-Menge SCICEX Phase 2 Overview Part II (220 KB)
Ray Sambrotto
Bill Smethie
SCICEX Phase 2 Calibration Activities for Biogeochemistry at ICEX 2011 (4.8 MB)
Terry Tucker SCICEX Submarine Ice Draft Update (575 KB)
Ann Windnagel NOAA@NSIDC SCICEX Effort (1 MB)

5-6 October 2009, Arlington, VA

The 2009 SAC Meeting was held at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, VA from October 5-6.

View the 2009 Meeting Summary.

24 April 2008, Arlington, VA

The 2008 SAC Meeting was held at Marine Acoustics in Arlington, VA on April 28.

View the 2008 Meeting Summary.

The presentations given at the meeting are available in PDF format and are listed in alphabetical order by presenter in the table below:
 

Presenter Presentation Title (size)
Tim Boyd SCICEX Phase 2 Accommodation Cruises (137 KB)
Tim Boyd XCTD Sample Scenario (659 KB)
Margo Edwards Bathymetric Data Through 2005 (691 KB)
Ray Sambrotto Water Sampling (1.8 MB)
Mark Wensnahan SCICEX Ice Draft Priorities (1.5 MB)

6-7 December 2007, San Diego, CA

The 2007 SAC Meeting was held at the Arctic Submarine Laboratory, San Diego, CA from December 6-7.

View the 2007 Meeting Summary and associated presentations: SCICEX.12.06.07 and SCICEX.12.07.07.

Inter-Agency Committee members

The IAC reviews the scientific priorities and baseline data collection recommendations from the SAC, supports the purchase of equipment and supplies, and supports data processing and archiving via awards based on proposals submitted by the scientific community.

Scott Harper
(Chair)
Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA
John Farrell US Arctic Research Commission, Arlington, VA
Cdr. Warren Fridley Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Jeff Gossett Arctic Submarine Laboratory, US Navy, San Diego, CA
Erica Key National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

Documents

Document Date
SCICEX Phase II Science Plan Part I: Technical Guidance for Planning Science Accommodation Missions July 2010
Phase II Memorandum of Agreement April 2000
Original Memorandum of Agreement June 1994

Inter-Agency Committee meetings

31 May 2013

An IAC meeting was held at the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, VA on 31 May 2013.

2013 Meeting Agenda

ASL Brief to the IAC

28 April 2011

An IAC meeting was held at the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, VA on 28 April 2011.

2011 Meeting Agenda

8 September 2010

An IAC meeting was held at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA on 8 September 2010.

2010 Meeting Agenda