Witness the Arctic

Volume 5
Number 1
12 May 1997

Distribution Date: 12 May 1997
Volume 5, Number 1

Feature Article

  • GISP2 Ice Core Is Long, Continuous and Detailed Record

ARCSS Program Updates

  • ARCSS Research Community Prepares New Science Plan

  • RAISE Draft available for Review

  • NSF Tests Feasibility of Winter Studies at Summit Camp

  • Greenland Overwinter Studies Meeting

  • First OAII Investigator Workshop Is Open to All

  • LAII Moves Into Synthesis of Current Phase

  • PALE Merges with NSF Earth Systems History Initiative

  • New Initiative Seeks Regional and Integrative Syntheses

Arctic Policy News

  • Northern Sea Route Draws International Involvement

  • AEPS, Indigenous Delegates Prepare for Arctic Council

U.S. Arctic Research Commission

  • USARC Persues Collaboration in Russia and Canada

Polar Research Board

  • PRB Addresses Fisheries, Spill Response, Contaminants

Science News

  • Traditional Knowledge Systems in the Arctic

  • Arctic Information and Data Guide Online

  • CIFAR Receives Funding to Administer Bering Sea Study

  • New Digital Library Features a Lifetime of Colville Data

  • Arctic Icebreaker Coordinating Committee Forms

  • Rsearchers Circulate Letter on 'Study of Arctic Change'

Science Education News

  • Workshop Expands Integration of Education, Research

  • Students Receive 1st Annual ARCUS Award

  • Education and Training Program Opens Doors

International Activities

  • NABO Planning Advances Data Integration

  • ITEX Investigators Meet To Cooperatively Analyze Data

  • IASC Funding Report Available

  • New Ecological Research Station Increases Arctic Access

  • Nansen Drilling Implementation Plan Being Developed

  • Arctic Community Loses Ned Ostenso



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