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

Scientists Discover Large Rift in the Arctic’s Last Bastion of Thick Sea Ice

New Research on Arctic Ice Shelves’ ‘Icy Glue’ Shows They May Melt Faster Than Expected

Carbon dissolved in Arctic rivers affects our world—here's how to study it

A new bill aims to create the US’s first high-level Arctic diplomatic office

Sami Education Conference Looks at How to Better Serve Indigenous Children

Too Remote, Too Wild, and Too Cold: Helping Satellites See Arctic Greening With Boots on the Ground

Work with IARPC: Indigenous Engagement and Communication Specialist

IARPC Position Announcement:
Indigenous Engagement and Communication Specialist

Greenland, Denmark and the Faroe Islands sign terms of reference for committee on foreign affairs and defence

Coast Guard Arctic Mission Promotes Partnerships, Climate Research

IARPC Fellowship Announcement:
IARPC Leadership Fellowship for Indigenous Peoples

Study: Growing potential for toxic algal blooms in the Alaskan Arctic

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Rosprirodnadzor: Russia will adopt a strategy for polar bear conservation by the end of 2021

Major Exercise in Svalbard: Preparing for Cruise Accident in the Arctic

UMass Amherst Professor To Lead Team Researching "Last Great Arctic Mystery"

NPRB's Integrated Ecosystem Research Program RFP announced

Melting Polar Ice Caps Distributed Enough Water to Cause a Shift in Earth's Crust Horizontally, Study Reveals

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