First of all on the virtual level by updating the Arctic Sea Ice Graphs page. I've slightly altered the daily graphs page, by adding a couple of links, graphs and category names to make it easier to see what graphs and maps stand for. I've also fully updated the Uni Bremen sea ice concentration map page that allows to compare this year's progress to all other years in the 2007-2013 period. You can see, for instance, how the ice pack's current retreat from the Alaskan coast stands out in relation to previous years.
I've also prepared the sea level pressure patterns page, and will try to regularly update it as soon as a 6-day period is finished. This page allows us to compare atmospheric conditions between years. The webcams page will be updated as soon as the North Pole cameras have been deployed and go live.
So, that's the virtual level. On the reality level the building of Arctic Sea Ice Blog headquarters has been progressing slowly, but steadily:
As we're doing everything ourselves now (you have to if you want to build cheap and environmentally responsible), it's a bit like re-inventing the wheel at times. Or at all times actually. It's going well, but takes a lot of time. If the Gods will allow it, we should be able to move in somewhere in July (probably August).
We have to wait and see how things work out, but my hope is that the house will be so efficient that we can cover our energy needs with the 5.25 kWp solar panel array on the roof, and still have a surplus of about 2,000 kWh per year. There's a sustainable building thread on the Arctic Sea Ice Forum where I occasionally describe elements of our project, and at some point I will give a full description here or on a separate blog/website.
This should improve with time.
What has been a huge help in this respect, are the donations I've received over the last year (thanks again everyone!). For full disclosure: I've received almost 4000 euros. I believe PayPal has a fee of about 3-4%, and there are a couple of costs associated with the blog itself (about 200 USD for hosting and some software I use). I've also used part of the donations to donate myself to some projects I deem worthy, such as the Potential Energy cook stove project (230 USD), the Keeling Curve (100 USD), the University of Washington Friends of Atmospheric Sciences Fund (100 USD), the Science Legal Defense Fund (75 USD), the Dark Snow Project (25 USD), Methane Tracker (200 USD) and a couple of bloggers (100 USD).
And so, while we are perpetually trying to get ready, the globe turns and the ice melts yet again. I will soon post a quick Winter Analysis to show where we come from this year, and then start writing regular ASI updates.
May you live in an interesting melting season!