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February 15, 2023  |  Washington, DC

Release of USARC’s 2023-2024 Goals Report

The US Arctic Research Commission will publicly release its “Report on the Goals and Objectives for Arctic Research 2023-2024” at the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute on February 15, 2023, starting at 1:00 pm ET. This biennial report, to the president and Congress, established national Arctic research priorities and recommendations. The event will include remarks from Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, and senior officials from the White House, the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, State Department, and from USARC commissioners and staff.

> Go to the event page
> Read the Goals Report


October 25-26, 2022 | University of Alaska Fairbanks

115th USARC Meeting

The US Arctic Research Commission held its 115th meeting in person at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on October 25–26, 2022. Presentations, open to the public for viewing, convened at 8:30 am on October 25 with a public comment session from 11:30 am–noon on October 26.
> Agenda 

April 6, 2022 | Anchorage, Alaska

114th USARC Meeting

The US Arctic Research Commission held its 114th meeting at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska on April 6, 2022.
Meeting Video
> 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. 

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.

February 3, 2021

Tracing the Pandemic Through Wastewater Workshop Presentations Now Online

View presentations from this virtual workshop focused on using sewage monitoring to investigare 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.

November 10, 2020

University of Alaska Arctic Research Director appointed to the USARC

On November 10, 2020, President Donald J. Trump appointed Maj. Gen. Randy “Church” Kee, USAF (ret), to the USARC. “I…look forward to supporting the important work of the Commission in advising the President and the Congress on the Arctic Research enterprise,” said Kee.

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.

August 14, 2020

Legal expert appointed to the US Arctic Research Commission

On August 14, 2020, President Donald J. Trump appointed Michael A. Newton to the USARC. “The Commission is an important aspect of an integrated national policy towards this vital region, and I am honored to contribute to this team and the people it serves,” said Newton.

May 29, 2020

Larry Hinzman named White House Assistant Director of Polar Sciences

As an OSTP Assistant Director, Hinzman will coordinate the broad national suite of research in the Arctic and Antarctic, and will serve as an information resource to the White House and Federal agencies. 

May 25, 2020

COVID-19 Impacts in the Arctic

As if ongoing climate and environmental change in the Arctic wasn’t enough, along comes COVID-19, with new challenges to human life, Arctic communities, operations, economic prosperity, and scientific research.















December 01, 2006

2007 Goals and Objectives Report

Outline (84 KB pdf)
> Press Release (31 KB pdf)


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