News Archive

Witness Community Highlights

28 February 2019
Witness Community Highlights

The February issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: “2018 Arctic Observing Summit News,” summarizing recent efforts to develop a draft scope of work that addresses Sustaining Arctic Observing Network objectives; and “Revised Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic: 21st Century Guidelines to Ethical Research,” summarizing guidelines for researchers to engage with people and conduct research in the Arctic.

2018 SIO Post-Season Report - Review Draft Available

22 February 2019
June, July, and August 2018 SIO Arctic predictions

The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN2) Project Team invites sea ice experts and members of the SIPN network to provide comments on the preliminary draft of the 2018 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) full post-season report. This draft report, a product of the SIPN2 Project Team led by Uma Bhatt, includes the main post-season analysis and discussion points. A PDF of the draft report is available online as well as instructions on how to submit comments.

ARCUS at the Alaska Forum on the Environment

13 February 2019
Alaska Forum on the Environment

ARCUS staff are attending the Alaska Forum on the Environment this week (Feb. 11-15) in Anchorage, Alaska and have an exhibition booth on the 2nd floor, outside of Meeting Room #3. If you are attending the meeting, stop by and say hi!

Witness Community Highlights

31 January 2019
Witness Community Highlights

The January 2019 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes an article summarizing the Arctic Report Card 2018 that was released on 11 December 2018. The collective content of the report makes clear that the continued warming of the Arctic atmosphere and ocean are driving broad change in the environmental system in predicted, and also unexpected, ways.

PolarTREC Live from Antarctica

30 January 2019
Photo by Kevin Dickerson

Join ARCUS and PolarTREC for a live event from McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The event will be held on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 with teacher Kevin Dickerson and the 2019 Dry Valleys Ecosystem Study Team. Read more about their research and what Kevin is learning here. The one hour event starts at 11:30am Alaska Savings Time (12:30pm PST, 1:30pm MST, 2:30pm CST, 3:30pm EST). We hope you can join us!

Arctic Research Planning Night at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium

25 January 2019
Alaska Marine Science Symposium

ARCUS will be hosting an informational table at Fairweather Science’s annual Arctic Research Planning Night on Wednesday, 30 January from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Quarterdeck at Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska. This event is held to facilitate collaboration, networking, and knowledge sharing among Arctic researchers.

Attendees are invited to send in advance, or bring a thumb drive, a few slides that outline their research plans for 2019 and beyond. Include research platform (vessel, aircraft, etc.), location of study, duration, objectives, types of data to be collected, available space, and length of contract. Slides can be sent to sheyna.wisdom [at]

Stop by and enjoy some great conversation, networking, and delicious food!

PolarTREC Live with Educator Allyson Woodard

24 January 2019
Photo by Allyson Woodard

Join PolarTREC for a live event from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Oregon with educator Allyson Woodard on Thursday, 28 February 2019 at 11am AKST (12pm PST, 1pm MST, 2pm CST, 3pm EST). Read more about their research and what Allyson observed here. Register today for this free event!

ARCUS Staff Member Named AAAS Community Engagement Fellow

22 January 2019
AAAS CEFP 2019 Fellows

ARCUS Project Manager, Brit Myers, is one of twenty-three research community engagement managers who have been named an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Community Engagement Fellow for 2019. The goal of the fellowship program, administered by the recently established AAAS Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement, is to raise the profile of scientific community engagement as a field.

Witness Community Highlights

20 December 2018
Witness Community Highlights

The December 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: “NSF’s Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)” presents an overview of the solicitation that embodies the Foundation's forward-looking response to the profound challenges associated with the Arctic; “Arctic Science Ministerials: High Level Political and Policy Support for Grass Roots Level International Scientific Collaboration” provides a perspective of how the first and second Arctic Science Ministerial events developed and why international cooperation is essential to address challenges that result from a warming Arctic.

Happy Holidays

19 December 2018
Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from all of us at ARCUS & we look forward to doing great work in the new year!

PolarConnect Live from McMurdo Station, Antarctica

9 December 2018
Photo by Mike Penn

Connect to the Antarctic! Join us for an upcoming PolarConnect event with Mike Penn and the Antarctic Automatic Weather Station Team on Monday, 17 December 2018 at 8:00am AKST (9:00am PST, 10:00am MST, 11:00am CST, 12:00pm EST). This event will be broadcast live from South Pole Station. Register today!

Arctic Research Funders Meet & Greet Neworking Event in Washington D.C.

6 December 2018

ARCUS is pleased to announce a special networking activity for Arctic researchers to meet with Arctic research funding agency staff on Friday, 14 December 2018. The event will take place 8:30am to 10:00am ET in Washington D.C. at the Cambria Hotel (899 O St NW, Room: Duke Ellington Room 1). There is no cost to participate and you do not need to be registered for the AGU Fall Meeting to attend. However, space is limited so please sign-up early!

Empowering Arctic Indigenous Scholars and Making Connections – Call for Applicants

5 December 2018

ARCUS and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska invite applications from and/or nominations of Arctic Indigenous scholars to travel to Washington D.C. and meet with officials at U.S. government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other groups. Four selected scholars will be able to share their interests via a seminar and meetings, learn of available resources, build toward collaborative relationships, and provide on-the-ground perspectives to key decision-makers. For the purposes of this opportunity, scholars are defined as an expert within their own knowledge system. This includes hunters, fishers, and gatherers; those that process and store food; health aides; and others. It includes youth, elders, and adults. Education may come from the land, the water, or a classroom. To apply for the 2019 opportunity, or to nominate a scholar, please visit our webpage for instructions. Applications are due by 5:00pm AKST, Thursday, 10 January 2019. Letters of nomination are due by Friday, 28 December 2018.

ARCUS Annual Meeting & Arctic Research Community Reception

5 December 2018

Please join us Wednesday, 12 December from 6:00-7:00pm EST for the 2018 ARCUS Annual Meeting at the Cambria Hotel (899 O St NW, Rooms: Duke Ellington 1 & 2) in Washington, D.C. The meeting will focus on ARCUS member priorities for Arctic research, education, and outreach and is open to anyone interested in Arctic research. All attendees are also invited to join us for a special Arctic Research Community Reception taking place in the same location from 7:00-8:30pm EST. An ARCUS member affiliation is not required to attend and there is no cost to participate. However, advance registration is encouraged for both events.

NSF Arctic Sciences Section Town Hall at the AGU Fall Meeting

4 December 2018
National Science Foundation

The Arctic Sciences Section of the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be hosting a Town Hall during the American Geophysical Union 2018 Fall Meeting. The Town Hall will convene 11:00am - 12:00pm EST on Monday, 10 December 2018 at the Cambria Hotel Washington D.C. Convention Center hotel, Duke Ellington Room 1 in Washington D.C.

During this Town Hall, Program Directors from NSF’s OPP Arctic Sciences Section will provide an overview of recent and upcoming news of interest to the research community.

Topics will likely include:

  • Staffing changes in the Arctic Section and introduction of new program officers,
  • Recent program activities and updates from Research Support and Logistics
  • Upcoming opportunities at NSF of interest to Arctic researchers, and
  • An overview of proposal review without deadlines.

Organizers anticipate giving a brief presentation, with the majority of the time devoted to questions and discussion.

For questions, contact:
Cynthia Suchman
Email: csuchman [at]

Witness Community Highlights

30 November 2018
Witness Community Highlights

The November 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes three articles: "A New Season for Sea Ice and Walrus" provides news of the Sea Ice for Walrus program's investigation of how low Arctic ice conditions affect walrus migration; "Co-Production of Knowledge and Multi-Level Governmental Collaboration in A Rapidly Changing Arctic" discusses efforts to address the impact that rapid climate change has on Alaska Native communities; and "Unique Fellowship Program Promotes Community Interaction" illustrates the unique way that Sitka Sound Science Center's Scientist in Residency Fellowship program facilitates community engagement activities for polar scientists.

ARCUS at the AGU Fall Meeting

14 November 2018

We are gearing up for a busy week at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.! ARCUS staff and board members hope to see many of our colleagues and friends—and meet new ones—at the ARCUS-related events at AGU this year, including an Arctic Funders “Meet and Greet”; the ARCUS Annual Meeting; our open Arctic Community Reception; several sessions, talks, and posters; and hosting the Community Meeting Room.

Witness Community Highlights

31 October 2018
Witness Community Highlights

The October 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: “ICESat-2 Launches to Measure Earth's Ice” provides news from NASA about the satellite launch and its capabilities; and “2018 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Extent Reached in Late September,” which includes highlights from the 2018 Sea Ice Outlook Interim Post-Season Report, published on 11 October.

ARCUS Board of Directors

25 October 2018
ARCUS Board of Directors

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) announces a call for nominations for our 2018 Board of Directors election. There are a possible four seats up for election in a vote of the ARCUS membership expected to take place in December 2018.

We seek nominations of candidates with enthusiasm and time to dedicate to ARCUS, who are willing and able to help ARCUS fulfill its vision and mission and achieve its strategic goals. We particularly invite nominations of individuals with experience in and connections to industry, foundations, or Arctic Indigenous groups. Nominations are due Monday, 12 November 2018.

Arctic Research Seminar Series with Karin Buhmann

16 October 2018
Arctic Research Seminar Series

ARCUS invites registration for our next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Karin Buhmann (Copenhagen Business School). This seminar, titled Responsible Investments in Arctic Mining: Implications of Chinese Policies, will be held Tuesday, 30 October 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT in the ARCUS D.C. office at 1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C. A live webinar is also available to those unable to attend in person.