Witness the Arctic provides information on current arctic research efforts and findings, significant research initiatives, national policy affecting arctic research, international activities, and profiles of institutions with major arctic research efforts. Witness serves an audience of arctic scientists, educators, agency personnel, and policy makers. Witness was published biannually in hardcopy from 1995-2008 (archives are available below) and is currently published online 3-4 times annually, depending on newsworthy events.
With the Spring 2009 issue, ARCUS changed the format of Witness the Arctic. To provide more frequent updates and reduce printing and mailing costs and associated environmental impacts, the newsletter is now distributed online in three or four shorter issues per year, depending on newsworthy events.
2012 represents a signal year for ARCUS. After a three-year hiatus, the organization successfully partnered with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to present the Arctic Forum as part of the inaugural Science Policy Conference. The Forum brought together polar scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders to discuss gaps and priority needs for arctic scientific information. Over 350 people attended the two-day conference that included a science communication workshop, a reception on Capitol Hill, and an opening plenary presentation by ARCUS President Vera Alexander.
The ARCUS annual membership meeting took place the following day at the Pew Conference Center. Here, President Alexander recognized outgoing Board members Bruce Forbes, Andi Lloyd, Rune Storvold, and Bernie Zak for their service.
The Board also welcomed newly elected members Mark Ivey, Site Manager, DOE/SANDIA Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) site on the North Slope of Alaska; Timo Koivurova, Research Professor, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM), University of Lapland; Mark Nuttall, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta; and Barry Zellen, Center for Contemporary Conflict, Naval Postgraduate School. Marianne Douglas, Director of the Canadian Circumpolar Institute and a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, was elected to serve another term.
The ARCUS board also engaged in a two-day visioning retreat facilitated by Cate Bower, Cygnet Strategy, LLC. With much forward momentum provided by the revitalized Arctic Forum, the board discussed ARCUS vision, mission, and purpose in an increasingly crowded arctic arena. The discussions from the retreat will form the basis of a strategic plan that will guide the organization through the next three to five years.
— Susan E. Fox
Executive Director, ARCUS