Witness the Arctic

Volume 8
Number 1
4 August 2000

Distribution Date: 04 August 2000
Volume 8, Number 1

Feature Article

  • Native Observations Capture Impacts of Sea Ice Changes

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 Encourages Information Exchange

  • SEARCH Gains Interagencey and International Recognition

  • OAII Researchers Visit USCGC Healy and Plan Research

    1. Shelf Basin Interactions (SBI)

    2. Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean Program (SHEBA)

  • LAII Prepares for the 2000 Field Season

    1. ITEX Plans

    2. LAII Science Workshop

  • PARCS Projects Faciliate Synthesis and Dating

  • LAII Research Moves West

  • RAISE Spnsors Arctic Coastal Dynamics Workshop

  • Workshop on Whaling Compares Past with Present

Arctic Social Sciences Program

  • An Introduction to the Arctic Social Sciences Program

  • Project Documents Inuit Knowledge of Climate Change

  • Genetic Analysis Investigates Aleut Prehistory

  • Stable Isotopes Reveal Early Diets

  • Gender Roles Shed Light on Ancient Subsistence Cultures

Arctic Natural Sciences Program

  • An Introduction to the Arctic Natural Sciences Program

  • Arctic Marine Microbes are Efficient Diet Despite Cold

  • Team Explores Effects of Arctic Sunrise on Ozone

  • New AUV Project will Access Arctic Seafloor Sites

  • Bering Sea Frontal Zone Supports Complex Trophic Webs

Arctic Research Support and Logistics

  • ILogistics Survey Responses will Update Advice to NSF

  • Toolik Field Station Upgrades Labs

  • OPP Will Support Innovations in Arctic Instrumentation

  • OPP Funds Improvements for Long-Term Observatories

    • Funded Projects 1999

National Science Foundation News

  • NSF Plans Infrastructure to Support Biological Research

  • NSF Inaugurates Automated North Pole Observatory

Capitol Updates

  • House Approves Small Increases for NSF Budget

Arctic Policy

  • Arctic Council Meets in Alaska to Review Progress

U.S. Arctic Research Commission

  • President Names Three Members to the USARC

Polar Research Board

  • Polar Research Board Begins Four New Studies

International News

  • Canadian Polar Commission Raises Profile of the Arctic

  • IASC Hosts Arctic Science Summit

  • Arctic Council Prepares Arctic Climate Impact Assessment

  • Initiative Will Coordinate Measurement of Ocean Fluxes

  • International Effort Generates Chart of the Arctic Ocean

  • TUNDRA Studies Arctic Feedbacks in Russian Watershed

  • Circumpolar Social Science Ph.D.s Will Meet in Alaska

  • U.S. and Norway Plan for Joint Research

Science News

  • USCGC Healy Trial Procees to Cold Waters in Baffin Bay

  • AICC Advocates Scinece Support

  • High-Latitude Research Requires New Mid-Sized Vessels

  • UNOLS Research Vessels

  • U.S. Global Change Assessment Open for Comment

Education News

  • Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative Assesses First Five Years


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