Russian-American Initiative on Shelf-Land Environments in the Arctic

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The Russian-American Initiative on Shelf-Land Environments in the Arctic (RAISE) facilitates collaborative research between Russian and American scientists in order to understand processes and events in terrestrial, shelf, and ocean environments in northern Eurasia in the context of a globally changing environment. Visit the RAISE website by clicking here.

The RAISE Steering Committee was supported by the Arctic System Science (ARCSS) Program of the National Science Foundation to conduct workshops in the US and Russia that led to the development of a science prospectus. The RAISE prospectus can be downloaded from this page or obtained through ARCUS at subscriptions [at]

Science Steering Committee Chairs

Lee Cooper (U.S. Chair)
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Tennessee
569 Dabney Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996
telephone: +1.865.974.2990
fax: +1.865.974-3067
e-mail: lcooper1 [at]

Sergey Primakov (Russian co-chair)
Arctic and Antarctic Institute 38, Bering Street
199397 St. Petersburg
telephone: +7.812.352.0096
fax: +7.812.352.2685
e-mail: priamiks [at]
e-mail: aaricoop [at]

Igor Melnikov (Russian co-chair)
P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology
36, Nakhimovski Pr.
117851 Moscow
telephone: +
fax: +
e-mail: migor [at]

Science Management Office

Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky
Geophysical Institute
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 757320
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7320, U.S.A.
Telephone: +1.907.474.7459
Fax: +1.907.474.7290
e-mail: ffver [at]