Welcome to the CanSISE Website

The Canadian Sea Ice and Snow Evolution (CanSISE) Network is a newly funded 5-year collaborative partnership between researchers from eight Canadian universities (Toronto, York, McGill, Victoria, Guelph, Waterloo, UBC, UNBC) and three partner organizations (the Climate Research Division of Environment Canada, the Canadian Ice Service, and the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium). The CanSISE Network seeks to advance seasonal to multidecadal prediction of Arctic sea ice and snow in Canada’s sub-Arctic, alpine, and seasonally snow covered regions. It will also quantify and exploit, for prediction purposes, the role that Northern Hemisphere snow and sea ice processes play in climate variability and change. CanSISE is funded under the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada's (NSERC) Climate Change and Atmospheric Research (CCAR) program.

The CanSISE Network

To a unique degree, CanSISE will bring together University and government researchers with climate modelling and observational expertise. For more information please visit our Organization page. 

CanSISE activities are organized into three theme areas, including  a) seasonal to multi-decadal snow and sea-ice prediction and projection, b) attributing change in snow and sea-ice, and understanding its impacts, and c) improving our understanding of snow and sea ice processes and climate interactions. More information on CanSISE activities can be found on Our Research page.


CanSISE is currently in its second year and hiring and placements in its research projects are ongoing.

  • For more information about the network, please contact us at info@cansise.ca.
  • For more information about hiring and training of researchers in the network, please see the positions page.

Recent Publications

Curry, C. L., and F. W. Zwiers, 2018: Examining controls on peak annual streamflow and floods in the Fraser River Basin of British Columbia. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 2285–2309, doi:10.5194/hess-22-2285-2018.

Hay, S., P. J. Kushner, R. Blackport, and K. E. McCusker, 2018: On the Relative Robustness of the Climate Response to High-Latitude and Low-Latitude Warming. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 6232–6241, doi:10.1029/2018GL077294.

Kushner, P. J., and Coauthors, 2018: Canadian snow and sea ice: assessment of snow, sea ice, and  related climate processes in Canada’s Earth system model and climate-prediction system. The Cryosphere, 12, 1137–1156, doi:10.5194/tc-12-1137-2018.

Mudryk, L. R., and Coauthors, 2018: Canadian snow and sea ice: historical trends and projections. The Cryosphere, 12, 1157–1176, doi:10.5194/tc-12-1157-2018.

Oudar, T., P. Kushner, J. C. Fyfe, and M. Sigmond, 2018: No impact of anthropogenic aerosols on early 21st century global temperature trends in a large initial-condition ensemble. Accepted. Geophysical Research Letters.

Tandon Neil F., Kushner Paul J., Docquier David, Wettstein Justin J., and Li Camille, 2018: Reassessing Sea Ice Drift and Its Relationship to Long-Term Arctic Sea Ice Loss in Coupled Climate Models. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 0, doi:10.1029/2017JC013697.