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Updated July 16, 2021

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Congressional Research Service Report

On July 16, 2021, the Congressional Research Service published a primer on Arctic issues for members of the US Congress. The report provides an overview of issues that may come before Congress and include: The Arctic Research and Policy Act, sea-ice extent, the geopolitical environment, the Department of Defense and the Coast Guard planning efforts in the Arctic, commercial shipping in the Arctic, increased opportunities for resource extraction, and increased opportunities for Arctic fishing.

Available Format: 2.9 MB pdf

February 2017

Arctic Research Plan: FY2017–2021

Executive Office of the President
National Science and Technology Council

In December 2016, the White House released the five-year Arctic Research Plan. The plan outlines key areas the Federal government will undertake to better understand and predict Arctic environmental changes.

Available Format: 1.7 MB pdf

September 2015

RUSALCA: Russian-American Long-term Census of the Arctic

Oceanography Special Issue

The September 2015 issue of Oceanography, co-sponsored by the Arctic Research Program, Climate Observation Division of NOAA and the US Arctic Research Commission, was on the Russian-American Long-term Census of the Arctic (RUSALCA) program. The special issue contains 14 articles that describe joint US-Russian expeditions and follow-on research in the Chukchi Sea and Bering Strait regions.

Available Online: https://www.tos.org/oceanography/issue/volume-28-issue-03

Fall 1987–2007

JOURNAL > Arctic Research of the United States

Published from Fall 1987 through 2007, the journal Arctic Research of the United States was created for people and organizations interested in learning about US government-financed Arctic research activities. It was published by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee and in cooperation with the the US Arctic Research Commission.

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January 2014

Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for the Arctic Region

On May 10, 2013, the President issued the National Strategy for the Arctic Region
(Strategy). The accompanying Implementation Plan sets forth the methodology, process, and approach for executing the Strategy. This Implementation Plan complements and builds upon existing initiatives by Federal, State, local, and tribal authorities, the private sector, and international partners, and focuses efforts where opportunities exist and action is most needed. The Implementation Plan reflects the reality of a changing Arctic environment and upholds national interests in safety, security, and environmental protection, and works with international partners to pursue global objectives of addressing climatic changes

Available Format: 306 KB pdf

May 2013

National Strategy for the Arctic Region

The United States is an Arctic nation, one of only eight such nations worldwide that are responsible for the stewardship of a region undergoing dramatic environmental, social, and economic changes. The implications of these changes demand a fresh look at how the Federal Government and its partners address management challenges in the region. In consultation with the National Ocean Council, the National Security Staff, and the Arctic Research Commission, the Interagency Working Group on Coordination of Domestic Energy Development and Permitting in Alaska (Alaska Interagency Working Group) initiated this report to describe these challenges as they relate to the management of natural resources in the U.S. Arctic. The report presents recommendations for advancing a common management approach that provides coordinated, forward-thinking solutions.

Available Format: 479 KB pdf

March 2013

Managing for the Future in a Rapidly Changing Arctic: A Report to the President

The United States is an Arctic nation, one of only eight such nations worldwide that are responsible for the stewardship of a region undergoing dramatic environmental, social, and economic changes. The implications of these changes demand a fresh look at how the Federal Government and its partners address management challenges in the region. In consultation with the National Ocean Council, the National Security Staff, and the Arctic Research Commission, the Interagency Working Group on Coordination of Domestic Energy Development and Permitting in Alaska (Alaska Interagency Working Group) initiated this report to describe these challenges as they relate to the management of natural resources in the U.S. Arctic. The report presents recommendations for advancing a common management approach that provides coordinated, forward-thinking solutions.

Available Format: 13.61 MB pdf

February 2013

Arctic Research Plan: FY2013–2017

Executive Office of the President
National Science and Technology Council

In February 2013, the White House released the five-year Arctic Research Plan. The plan outlines key areas the Federal government will undertake to better understand and predict Arctic environmental changes.

Available Format: 2.5 MB pdf

September 2011

US Arctic Research Policy

Research serves our nation by providing information for policy decisions, and, in turn, policy choices influence the type of research supported by the nation. This article provides an overview of Arctic policy positions and outcomes, with an emphasis on current research policy.

Moran, K., and J.W. Farrell. 2011. US Arctic research policy. Oceanography 24(3):18–25, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2011.51.

Available Format: 463 KB pdf

September 2011

The Changing Arctic Ocean

Oceanography Special Issue on the International Polar Year (2007–2009)

The September 2011 issue of Oceanography is available from The Oceanography Society. This issue, co-sponsored by the USARC, NOAA, and NSF, contains 30 contributions on a wide range of Arctic-related subjects such as marine geology, research vessels, outreach, science policy, ocean observing, physical, biological and chemical oceanography, modeling, and sea ice.

Available Online: https://www.tos.org/oceanography/issue/volume-24-issue-03

September 2011

January 2010

Behavioral and Mental Health Research in the Arctic:
Strategy Setting Meeting Proceedings

In January 2010, the International Journal of Circumpolar Health published the proceedings of a June 2-3, 2009 workshop on “Behavioral and Mental Health Research in the Circumpolar Arctic” that was co-sponsored by the U.S. Arctic Research Commission and the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health. This 64-page report recommends that a study of this topic be conducted by the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine.

Available Format: 5.9 MB pdf

January 2009

National Arctic Policy Homeland Security Presidential Directive

This directive establishes the policy of the United States with respect to the Arctic region and directs related implementation actions. This directive supersedes Presidential Decision Directive/NSC-26 (PDD-26; issued 1994) with respect to Arctic policy but not Antarctic policy; PDD-26 remains in effect for Antarctic policy only.

This directive shall be implemented in a manner consistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States, with the obligations of the United States under the treaties and other international agreements to which the United States is a party, and with customary international law as recognized by the United States, including with respect to the law of the sea.

https://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/nspd/nspd-66.htm

2009

Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA)

The Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment is a comprehensive study that focuses on marine safety and marine environmental protection and emphasizes three themes: (1) enhancing Arctic marine safety, (2) protecting Arctic people and the environment, and (3) building the Arctic marine infrastructure.

Download complete report: 27.2 MB pdf