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.

CanSISE Year 4 Annual Report

The CanSISE Year 4 Annual report is now available for download below and on our publications page.

Year 4 Annual Report (December 2016)
CanSISE Y4 Annual Report.pdf
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CanSISE 2016 Workshop - November 17th and 18th

The 2016 CanSISE Workshop took place on November 17th and 18th 2016. Over 35 members of the network were in attendance at he University of Toronto Faculty Club for the two-day event.

CanSISE investigators, collaborators and HQP presented twenty-five exciting new science talks. The program and the presentations are available for download by following the links below.

CanSISE Workshop 2016 Program Final.pdf
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CanSISE 2016 Worskhop Presentation Links

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CanSISE Research Blog





Geophisical Research Letters Article

How quickly has snow melted as the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere has warmed? Surprisingly, not all of our historical records of snow cover give the same answer. A new CanSISE publication titled 'Snow cover response to temperature in observational and climate model ensembles' is now available in Geophysical Research Letters (links below).

Several different data sets of observed surface temperature and snow cover are used  to determine the sensitivity of snow cover to increases in surface temperature. This observed sensitivity is compared to that from a wide range of climate models.  The sensitivity simulated by climate models is shown to be within the observational range across the Arctic, but is too weak (smaller snow reductions for a given temperature increase compared to observations) for midlatitude and alpine regions. The use of multiple observational datasets highlights an inconsistent and physically unrealistic snow cover response characterized by one of the most prominent and frequently used observational datasets, the NOAA snow cover climate record.


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-Lawrence Mudryk, CanSISE Collaborator






Nature Geoscience Article

An exciting new paper titled 'Twenty-five winters of unexpected Eurasian cooling unlikely due to Arctic sea-ice loss' by CanSISE Research Associate Kelly McCusker and colleagues John Fyfe and Michael Sigmond is now available from Nature Geoscience.

'Georgian's Freeze' by Raymond Erwin Nikyuluw
'Georgian's Freeze' by Raymond Erwin Nikyuluw

"Winter cooling over Eurasia has been suggested to be linked to Arctic sea-ice loss. Climate model simulations reveal no evidence for such a link and instead suggest that a persistent atmospheric circulation pattern is responsible."






Nature Climate Change Article

Congratulations to CanSISE Collaborator Michael Sigmond and CanSISE Investigator John Fyfe and for their publication in Nature Climate Change titled "Tropical Pacific impacts on cooling North American winters".


Link - http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate3069.html


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The Globe and Mail release: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadas-extreme-winters-within-range-of-normal-variations-study/article30637250/


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.

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