Arctic Update Header
June 1, 2012

Today's Eventstodaysevents 


The House will consider FY 2013 Energy-Water appropriations. Consideration of the bill is expected to last into next week. The Senate is in recess.


Arctic Policy Commission Needs Public Members: Deadline TODAY. This session the legislature created a 20 member Alaska Arctic Policy Commission. Over the course of two years, the Alaska Policy Commission will hold meetings in Arctic areas of the state as well as Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. The Commission is tasked with providing preliminary recommendations on an Alaska's Arctic policy by January 30, 2014 and delivering a final Arctic Policy by January 30, 2015. Applications to be a commissioner are due TODAY at noon.


Number of subscribers to "Daily Arctic Update" hits 700. Thanks for your interest! 






USSR's Arctic Reign Began 75 Years Ago. There are many glorious pages in the history of the discovery and study of the Russian Arctic. But there is a special chapter that started the heroic polar development. 75 years ago, on May 21, 1937, polar air expedition of the USSR reached the North Pole and landed research station "North Pole-1" on drifting ice for the long nine months. This expedition began systematic exploration of the Arctic basin, making navigation through the Northern Sea Route regular. Its members were to gather data on atmospheric phenomena, meteorology, geophysics, and hydrobiology. The research was led by Ivan D. Papanin, his coworkers were a hydrologist Peter Shirshov, geophysicist and astronomer Eugene Fedorov, and radio operator Ernst Krenkel. The expedition was led by Otto Schmidt. Mikhail Vodopyanov, a hero of the Soviet Union, was the pilot of the flagship N-170 aircraft. Pravda 


Greenland's Loss of Ice Mass During the Last 10 Years is Unusually High Compared to Last 50 Years. Loss through melting and iceberg calving during the last 10 years is unusually high compared to the last 50 years. The Greenland ice sheet continues to lose mass and thus contributes at about 0.7 millimeters per year to the currently observed sea level change of about 3 mm per year. This trend increases each year by a further 0.07 millimeters per year. The pattern and temporal nature of loss is complex. The mass loss is largest in southwest and northwest Greenland; the respective contributions of melting, iceberg calving and fluctuations in snow accumulation differing considerably. Science Daily 


hillary clintonClinton Lands Amid Protocol Conflict. US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton landed in Oslo Thursday night and planned to stay into the weekend with a trip up to northern Norway, escorted by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr St