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An independent federal agency that advises the President and Congress on domestic and international Arctic research.

An independent federal agency that advises the President and Congress on domestic and international Arctic research.

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October 25-26, 2022
University of Alaska Fairbanks

115th USARC Meeting

The US Arctic Research Commission will hold its 115th meeting in person at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on October 25–26, 2022. Presentations, open to the public for viewing, will convene at 8:30 am on October 25 with a public comment session from 11:30 am–noon on October 26. An audio-only listening option is available (information can be found in the agenda, linked below).

> Draft Agenda 

April 5, 2022

President Biden Appoints Nikoosh Carlo to the USARC

“I look forward to working with the other Commissioners to help build a long-term, action-oriented vision for Arctic research that is driven by community priorities and supports a healthy environment and regenerative economy,” said Carlo.

September 24, 2021

President Biden Appoints New USARC Chair and Commissioners

On September 24, 2021, President Biden appointed commissioners to the US Arctic Research Commission and designated a new chair. These appointments coincide with other Arctic-related actions announced by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


Arctic Renewable Energy Working Group

To benefit Arctic communities by identifying and addressing critical renewable energy and energy efficiency research needs.

Alaska Rural Water and Sanitation Working Group

To maximize the health benefits of in-home running water and sanitation services in rural Alaska.


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Arctic Update

Stay up to date on Arctic-related hearings, actions, news, and events. Subscribe to our daily email newsletter.

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Goals and Objectives for Arctic Research

Read the 2019–2020 report outlining recommended scientific research goals and objectives for the Arctic.

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The Arctic Scientific Cooperation Agreement

Facilitating access by scientists of the Arctic governments to Arctic areas, research infrastructure, and data.

Arctic Update Tweets

A Twitter feed from USARC’s daily Arctic Update

Primates colonised the Arctic during a period of ancient global warming—their fate offers a lesson

Researchers call on British Columbians to share what they know about the risk from volcanoes

Lost in translation: FEMA sent ‘unintelligible’ disaster relief application information to Alaska Natives impacted by Typhoon Merbok

Climate change is forcing wildlife to move north — and they're bringing diseases with them

‘Future of Fishing’ panel hopeful that Alaska’s near-term crises will be met with long-term vision

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