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.

In the News

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.

April 22, 2021

Arctic Sustainable Energy Research

View the videos or download the presentations from this virtual conference focused on sustainable energy and energy efficiency research. The conference featured guest speakers and panelists from Alaska and around the world.

March 22, 2021

President Biden designates David Kennedy as Chair of the USARC

“I’m honored to be entrusted by President Biden with the responsibility of leading the USARC, a small, but important independent commission focused on advancing US Arctic research interests for the benefit of the nation,” said Kennedy.


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

Hot dam: Beavers have gnawed their way into the Arctic, speeding permafrost thaw

Skábma: Snowfall Is a Huge Win for Indigenous Game Makers

Rivers speeding up Arctic ice melt at alarming rate, experts say

On Annual Inspection Tour, USCG Witnesses Climate Change in Alaska

Coast Guard wraps up 2021 task force initiative in Arctic, Western Alaska

World's most powerful icebreaker makes maiden voyage across Arctic route

Russia and India Considering Joint Development of Arctic Hydrocarbons

Algae blooms are melting sea ice in the Arctic. Dayton researchers want to solve the problem

Study draws link between melting Arctic ice and Western U.S. fires that flare in the fall

Climate change could mean some Arctic animals will be more vulnerable to disease spread by insects: researcher

Work underway to create the world’s first Arctic station powered by hydrogen and renewables

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