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ACE Joint Capability Technology Demonstration
ACE JCTD is an internet-based, open-access, Arctic focused, environmental research and decision support system. It integrates data from existing remote sensing assets with products from existing and new environmental models to provide monitoring, analysis, and visualization based on earth observation data and modeling.

Alaska Coalition
The Alaska Coalition is a network of businesses, conservation, sporting, labor and religious groups that work to keep Alaska’s wild places protected. Projects include protecting National Refuges and parks across Alaska, as well as the Arctic Ocean and neighboring seas.

Alaska Municipal League
A voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan, statewide organization of 140 cities, boroughs, and unified municipalities, representing over 97 percent of Alaska's residents. It seeks to represent, unify, as well as build consensus and partnerships among Alaska's local governments.

Alaska Wilderness League
The Alaska Wilderness League works to protect Alaska public lands. Resources include recent campaigns protecting entities such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Arctic Ocean, factsheets and press releases, and news and events. seeks to make a wide assortment of scientific data, as well as policy decisions and the cultural and social implications of climate change, accessible to the general public. Other features of the site include daily Arctic imagery, maps, charts, and articles.

The Audubon Society runs conservation programs in Alaska targeting places such as the Tongass National Forest and focuses on endangered bird and wildlife species in the state. The Society also has several chapters across Alaska.

Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity runs programs across Alaska for the protection of various species, including corals, beluga whales, and seals. Programs fall into categories such as endangered species, oceans, public lands, and urban wild lands. Resources on the site include publications, individualized species pages, and a newsroom.

CREDO Action
CREDO Action is a part of CREDO Mobile, with three million members participating in activism on a wide variety of issues, including environmental protection and human rights.

Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. The site presents extensive information on endangered species, habitat conservation, climate change, and other topics, as well as publications.

Earth Justice
A nonprofit law firm that addresses such issues as climate change and the protection and conservation of wildlife and natural locations. Along with cases and campaigns, Arctic oil spill plans are also addressed. Resources include publications, a newsletter, and a pressroom.

Endangered Species Coalition

A national network of diverse entities who are focused on protecting and preserving endangered species and nature. Resources include multimedia and endangered species information.

Greenpeace focuses on sustaining species diversity across the world by addressing issues such as deforestation, global warming, and species exploitation. Campaigns such as Save the Arctic focus on preserving Arctic natural resources.

Institute of the North
The Institute focuses on multiple issues and areas of specialty across Alaska and the entire Arctic. Programs target topics such as civil engagement, Arctic policy and infrastructure, and Alaska resource governance. Additional resources include a news section, studies, and reports.

National Academy of Sciences > Polar Research Board 
The Board aims to make research in the Polar Regions more productive and responsive to the needs of the United States, maintain U.S. awareness of and representation in international science programs, and enhance understanding of issues in polar regions. Resources on the site include reports, workshops and associated reports, special products, and media resources.

Natural Resources Defense Council
NRDC is an environmental action group of over 1.3 million members. Some of the issues addressed include environmental justice, global warming, pollution, and problems with air, water, and land quality, among others. Alaska-specific issues include Arctic drilling, oil spills, and endangered species.

Ocean Conservancy

The Ocean Conservancy addresses all ocean-related concerns. Arctic concerns that are addressed include endangered species, oil and gas development, acidic water, and climate change, among others.

Ocean Conservation Research
Ocean Conservation Research emphasizes understanding the scope of and exploring solutions to the growing problem of human generated noise pollution and its impact on marine animals. It engages in marine biological and technological research based on conservation priorities. Resources on the site include projects, bioacoustics, a sound library, videos, and reference literature.


Ocean works on campaigns addressing ocean pollution, protecting marine wildlife, preserving threatened marine places such as the Arctic, promoting responsible fishing, and climate and energy issues. Resources on the site include publications, a press center, and pages on marine science, wildlife and places.

Pacific Environment
Pacific Environment works to protect the living life of the Pacific Rim. Priorities include biodiversity, climate change, communities, energy, freshwater, and oceans. Available resources include a media section, events, campaigns, regional issues being addressed, including a page on Alaskan priorities.

Pacific Northwest Economic Region Arctic Caucus

The Arctic Caucus works to prioritize Arctic issues within PNWER by sharing information, discussing issues of mutual concern, and identifying areas for collaboration and mutual economic development. Resources include a document database and the proceedings of past fora.

PEW Environment Group

PEW focuses on identifying and addressing specific issues within the ocean, land, and energy categories. The Arctic Ocean is the focus of specific campaigns, research, publications, and events.  Resources include research programs, campaigns, region portals, and a news section.

Polar Science Center

The Polar Science Center conducts basic and applied research on the oceanography, climatology, meteorology, biology and ecology of the ice-covered regions on Earth and elsewhere in our solar system. Projects in the Arctic include Imaging the Arctic, the International Arctic Buoy Programme, and the PIOMAS Arctic Sea Ice Volume Data.   Resources on the site include research, publications, data, and projects.

Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is one of the oldest environmental organizations in the United States. Arctic issues that are addressed include shrinking Arctic sea ice, coastal Arctic ecosystems, climate change, and fact sheets. Resources include pages on specific issues, campaigns, articles, and the Sierra Club Magazine.

The Arctic Institute
An international, completely independent, and interdisciplinary think tank that addresses Arctic policy and issues. Climate change, Arctic shipping and sea routes, and gas and oil development are some of the topics it addresses.

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy aims to preserve and conserve the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of the world through sustainability. Arctic concerns include sea ice, climate change, wetlands, and endangered species. Resources on the site include a categorized presentation of all issues, a news section, and blogs.

The Wilderness Society
The Wilderness Society is a conservation organization working to protect the shared wildlands of the United States. Alaska focus areas are the Arctic Ocean, Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, the Western Arctic Reserve, and Tongass National Forest. Resources on the site include links to conservation issues and presentations of wildlands to be conserved.

Trustees for Alaska

The Trustees for Alaska is Alaska’s public interest environmental law firm that provides legal counsel to diverse constituencies in order to protect and sustain Alaska’s natural environment. Programs of interest include wildlife biodiversity, mining, clean air and water, and public lands and waters, among others. Resources on the site include a diverse programs news section.

World Wildlife Fund

The WWF is an international nature conservation association. The WWF uses global campaigns to target priority species and places. Arctic resources on the site include an Arctic theme page with Arctic wildlife sea ice subpages, a news and blog section, publications, and WWF solutions.

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