Witness the Arctic

Volume 7
Number 1
10 February 2000

Distribution Date: 10 February 2000

Volume 7, Number 1

Feature Article

  • Healy Prepares for Arctic Operations

Arctic Logistics

  • Research Support and Logistics Group Updates Priorities

  • U.S. and Norway Sign Agreement to Promote Joint Polar Research

  • Stephenson Named Arctic Research Support and Logistics Program Manager

  • Nothernmost Community Focusses on Research Support

ARCSS Program Updates

  • ARCSS Committee Advances Integrative Agenda

  • PARCS Research Encompasses PALE and ESH

  • OAII Shares Results at Second All-Hands Meeting

  • SHEBA Researchers Plan Analysis of Data

  • SEARCH Plan is Designed to Evolve with New Insights

  • First RAISE Projects Receive Funding

  • RAISE Proposals Funded in 1999

  • LAII Researchers Model the Response of Sub-Arctic Vegetation to Transient

Climate Change In Alaska

  • ITEX Shares Syntheses, Plans Future

Arctic Natural Sciences Program Updates

  • Arctic Natural Sciences Program Funds Variety of Studies

  • SuperDARN Monitors Magnetic Field

  • Navy and Civilians Complete Submarine Science Series

  • Russian-American Team Determines Bering Strait's Age

  • International Efforts Focus on "Arctic Oasis"

Arctic Social Sciences Program Updates

  • Arctic Social Sciences Program Presents Opportunities

  • Photos Preserve Northern History

  • Project Investigates Prehistoric and Modern Aleuts

Capitol Updates

  • OMB Publishes New Regulations on Data Access

  • Revision to OMB Circular A-110.36

  • NSF Budget Increases in FY 2000

U.S. Arctic Research Commission

  • The USARC Studies Arctic Infrastructure and Bering Sea

Polar Research Board

  • PRB Stresses Importance of Ocean Drilling in the Arctic

Arctic Policy

  • Arctic Council Meets Under U.S. Leadership

  • Changing Climate for Arctic Research in Canada

  • IASC starts Forum of Arctic Operators

International News

  • ARTERI Links European Research Efforts

  • ACSYS Broadens into Global Cryosphere

  • Native Knowledge of Polar Bears Informs Three International Surveys

  • Webber is U.S. Delegate to IASC

Education News

  • UNIS is "the Arctic Alternative" for University Students

  • University of the Arctic Moves into Implementation

Calendar and Publications

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory: Member Institution

  • Arctic Research at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory


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