Witness the Arctic

Volume 9
Number 2
19 July 2002

Distribution Date: 19 July 2002
Volume 9, Number 2

Feature Article

  • Ancient Ice, Cool Science Brings the Public Face to Face with Climate Change Research in the North

Arctic Upper Atmosphere Research

  • Noctilucent Clouds Connected to Greenhouse Gases

NSF News

  • Biocomplexity Awards Fund Arctic Research Topics

  • Funds Available to Study Arctic Freshwater Cycle and Land/Ocean Linkages

ARCSS Program

  • ARCSS All-Hands Workshop Shapes Future Directions

  • Ledbetter Passes the Torch

  • ARCSS Focuses on Sustainability, Predictability, Feedbacks

  • Working Group Discusses Arctic System Variability

  • Young Investigators Share Perspectives

  • Hydrological Analysis and Monitoring Work Advances

  • ARCSS Components Share Results and Plans

  • Initiative Plans for New Nearshore and Coastal Studies

  • Biological Understanding in Key to Predicting Transitions

  • Workshops Explore Human Dimensions Issues

  • Paleosciences Provide Temporal Depth to Initiatives

Arctic Social Sciences Program

  • Research Documents Chronic Impacts of 1989 Oil Spill

  • The Arctic Social Sciences Program

  • Major Survey Examines Why People Live in the Arctic

  • The Earth is Faster Now: Indigenous Observations of Arctic Environmental Change

  • Collaboration Probes Genetic History of Siberia

Arctic Natural Sciences Program

  • New Techniques Reveals Nitrogen Cycles in Arctic Streams

  • The Arctic Natural Sciences Program

  • Svalbard’s Geology Holds Clues to Ancient Climates

  • Atlantic Meets Pacific at an Arctic Crossroads

Arctic Research Support and Logistics

  • Healy Supports Tests of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

  • New DGPS Infrastructure Supports Research in Barrow

  • VPR Equipping and Training Safer Field Researchers

Capitol Updates

  • Agency Budgets Reflect Shifting Federal Priorities

  • Federal Agencies Face Review, Earmarking Issues

U.S. Arctic Research Commission

  • New Deputy Director and Commissioners Join USARC

Polar Research Board

  • PRB Explores Abrupt Climate Change, Polar Biology

  • International News

  • Arctic Council Working Groups Launch Initiatives

  • CPC Addresses Global Change, Sovereignty, and Security

Education News

  • Arctic Speakers Share Expertise with Varied Audiences

  • Education Recommendations Available

  • Iceland’s Environmental Research Institute Expands

  • UNIS Outgrows Original Facilities

  • Arctic Alive! Engages Students in Field Research

  • Students Awarded for Research Excellence


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