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The Arctic Sea Ice Program (ASIP) is a component of the Arctic Climate System Study (ACSYS) whose objectives are to:
Assemble a climatological archive which documents the state of pack ice in both the Arctic and Antarctic seas; and
Study the interaction of polar pack ice with other elements of the global climate system.
The elements of the implementation strategy include:
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Assembling a climatology of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice based on available historical observations and new observing initiations within ACSYS;
Determining the southward flux of pack ice;
Studying the processes by which pack ice, the ocean and the atmosphere interact; and
Studying sea ice mechanics at spatial scales (greater than one kilometer) relevant to its behavior in a geophysical context.
Steve Baum (Lead Author);C Michael Hogan (Topic Editor) "Arctic Sea Ice Program". In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [First published in the Encyclopedia of Earth March 29, 2010; Last revised Date November 22, 2011; Retrieved June 19, 2013 <http://www.eoearth.org/article/Arctic_Sea_Ice_Program>