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

International Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic Discussed in Moscow

Senior Pentagon official warns the US military is ‘not ready’ for climate change

Thawing permafrost isn’t just a problem for the Arctic. Here’s how it can impact the globe

Russia Losing 1-3 Meters of Arctic Shoreline to Climate Change Annually – Scientists

December 6-10 the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2021 comes to you virtually!

Yakutia to set up mammoth consortium for studying prehistoric animals

The Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) met in Moscow in a hybrid format

Scientists are racing to save the Last Ice Area, an Arctic Noah’s Ark

Increased frequency of extreme ice melting in Greenland raises global flood risk

International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic

Viasat to buy Inmarsat, plans for polar sats to expand Arctic coverage

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy's annual Program Review will be held virtually November 15-18, 2021.

Drone Flights Give Scientists Better Data on Vegetation in the Arctic Tundra

WMO Provisional Climate Report Outlines Shrinking Sea Ice Extent and Decreased Glacier Mass in Arctic

Studies on resilience of birds earn P.E.I. ornithologist prestigious awards

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