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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

Understanding polar species’ behavior to reduce risk of extinction: HKU Scientists discovered the southward migration of Arctic Ocean species during the last glacial period for the first time

Study tracks Arctic animals’ exposure to disease better known in Interior Alaska: tularemia

Washing Away; The Arctic hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk is collapsing into the ocean as it loses up to 1m of coastline each year. The people who live there are in a race against time to preserve their way of life, and their community, before it is washed away.

Study: Methane emissions in Arctic diversify the diets of marine ecosystems living in productive shallow-marine areas

Inuit community leads Arctic shift to clean energy: hydroelectric project to replace diesel

Climate change exposes lack of US preparedness in defending Arctic Ocean interests, US senator says

The 115th USARC Meeting of the USARC will be held on OCTOBER 25-26th at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (501 Akasofu Building) A draft agenda can be found here: https://www.arctic.gov/uploads/assets/USARC-115th-Agenda.pdf

Multiple Earth simulations show ocean acidification peak in Arctic Ocean may shift from winter to summer

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