Witness the Arctic

Volume 8
Number 2
23 May 2001

Distribution Date: 23 May 2001
Volume 8, Number 2

Feature Article

  • Ozone Losses Increase Possible UV Impacts in the Arctic

ARCSS Program Updates

  • ARCSS Committee Plans for 2002 All-Hands Meeting

  • ARCSS Data Center Facilitates Access

  • International Collaboratin in the Paleosciences: The Beringian Connection

  • RAISE Takes Steps to Improve U.S. - Russian Collaboration

  • LAII Management Emphasizes Synthesis

  • ITEX Builds on First Decade, Renews Direction

  • Abisko Accord

  • OAII Update

  • SHEBA Phase III Applies Field Data to Climate Models

  • SEARCH Research Opportunities Emerging

  • SBI Phase I Data will Guide Phase II Field Work

Arctic Social Sciences Program

  • Arctic Social Sciences Program

  • Tree Rings Improve Dating of Inuit Sites in Labrador

  • Yup'ik Interviews Feature Women

  • Aeut Responses to Catastrophic Enviromental Change

Arctic Natural Sciences Program

  • Arctic Natural Sciences Program

  • Physical Properties and Permeability of First-Year Sea Ice

  • Matanuska Glasier Adds Ice and Debris at its Base

  • Clouds in the Arctic Stratosphere Catalyze Ozone Loss

  • UV Radiation Lowers Productivity of Arctic Phytoplankton

Arctic Research Support and Logistics

  • VECO Polar Resources Provides Arctic Logistics

  • Logistics Working Group Reviews Community Input

  • Arctic Modeling Focuses on Collaborative Efforts

  • GIS Workshop Targets Improvments in Circumpolar Data Sharing

  • Research Site Registration is Underway at Barrow

  • AICC Sees the USCGC Healy through Successful Trials

National Science Foundation News

  • President Bush Requests 1.3% Increase for NSF Budget

U.S. Arctic Research Commission

  • U.S. Arctic Commission Plans Visit to ANWR

Polar Research Board

  • Enhancing NASA's Contribution to Polar Science: New PRB Report Available

Arctic Policy

  • Finland Assumes Chair of Arctic Council for Two Years

International News

  • International Arctic Costal Dynamics Drafts Science Plan

  • Lead Authors Outline Arctic Climate Impact Assessment

  • ISAC Convenes Arctic Science Week

  • Sverdrup Symposium Focuses on Arctic / Subarctic Oceans

  • NSF Pursues Initiative to Coordinate Arctic Measurements

  • Geography Shapes Ways of Knowing

Education News

  • NSF Renews Funding for Alaaska Rural Systemic Initiative

  • Science Writers Tour Barrow Research Sites

  • CIRES Group gets K-12 Teachers into Field

  • Teachers Convey Technical and Human Aspects of Science


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