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Rob Dekker

About predictions : When your model is consistently making skillful predictions, it increases your understanding of the system.

For me personally, as a participant in SIPN, I have come to respect Dr. Slater's modeling as an example of how to do better forecasts of September ice extent. He used ice-concentration as a precursor for September extent, and was very successful in doing so.

This year, his forecast (of 4.4 M km^2 for September average) will again be pretty darn close to "spot-on", which suggests he is on the right track in understanding the system better than anyone else.

I sincerely hope that his work (incorporating land snow cover in the model) will be continued by his colleagues.

Dr. Slater, I miss you. May you rest in peace.

Jim Hunt

As I mentioned previously, the news shocked me too Neven.

"Blizzard of Oz" took the time and trouble to pop into the Arctic Sea Ice Forum, and not just announce the latest news but also engage in meaningful discussions.

He will be sadly missed, and his shoes are big ones to fill.

RIP Blizzard.

Artful Dodger

Hi folks,

What a tragic loss for his family, friends, and the science community. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.

Full Scientist Interviews: Andrew Slater - Aug 2012

Does anyone know what happened? Feel free to send a PM to me on the Forum if you don't feel comfortable sharing here.

Best regards,

RIP Drew.

L. Hamilton

Thanks for this post, Neven. The photo captures Drew's sense of fun and enthusiasm for his work. He brought new perspectives and energy when he came into the room, and of course outdoors as well. It was a sad shock to learn that we've lost him.

Rob Dekker

Neven, what happened ?


You mean to Andrew Slater? I don't know. Someone mailed me and wrote that he was found in his home. So my guess is a heart attack or some such.

Chris Reynolds

Wow, that's terrible news.

So long Blizzard.



according to http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailycamera/obituary.aspx?n=andrew-slater&pid=181701841 Dr Slater " passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in Boulder in the beginning of September."

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