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

February 3, 2021

Tracing the Pandemic Through Wastewater

View the videos or download the presentations from this virtual workshop focused on using sewage monitoring to investigate infectious disease. The workshop featured guest speakers and panelists from Alaska and around the world.

January 25, 2021

Alaska Electric Vehicle Workshop Report Available!

Report of a virtual workshop held to bring together technical and academic experts and policymakers to share information, research findings, emerging research questions, and best practices relevant to electric vehicles in Alaska and the Arctic.

November 18, 2020

Commissioner Larry Mayer elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Dr. Larry Mayer was among the 62 members of the 60,000-member American Geophysical Union (AGU) elected to the 2020 class of Fellows, scientists who have made considerable contributions to geological and geophysical research.

August 14, 2020

President Trump appoints Jon Harrison as Chairman of the USARC

“It is an enormous privilege to lead the US Arctic Research Commission,” said Harrison. “At a time of profound change in the world’s most critical but least understood region, the importance of research, exploration, and cooperation could not be greater.


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

Implications of inadequate water and sanitation infrastructure for community spread of COVID-19 in remote Alaskan communities

Testing waters of East Siberian Arctic Ocean suggests origin of elevated methane is reservoir located in Laptev Sea

Most soot polluting Arctic comes from N India, can make its ice melt

Tundra vegetation shows similar patterns along microclimates from Arctic to sub-Antarctic

Indigenous groups are slowly gaining more say in the management of a swiftly changing northern Bering Sea

Mysterious stripes spotted over Russia in satellite images — and NASA is perplexed

Record-high Arctic freshwater will flow through Canadian waters, affecting marine environment and Atlantic ocean currents

Melting Arctic Forces Polar Bears to Adapt to Land-Based Diet – Russian Scientists

Alaska thunderstorms could triple if climate trends continue, scientists warn

Record-high Arctic freshwater will flow to Labrador Sea, affecting local and global oceans

Soot from Asia travels express on a highway to the high Arctic

A changing Bering Sea is influencing weather far to the south, scientists say

Tracking Arctic climate change from a Greenhouse to an Icehouse world

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star Nears End of Months-Long Arctic Deployment

Russia launches work on ground-based infrastructure for Arctic monitoring satellites

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