Witness the Arctic

Volume 10
Number 1
1 April 2003

Distribution Date: 01 April 2003
Volume 10, Number 1

Feature Article

  • SBI Project Completes Four Cruises in First Field Season

NSF News

  • NSF Highlights Broader Impacts, Environmental Systems

  • Issue of Arctic Research Focuses on Wildlife

Arctic Upper Atmosphere Research

  • Space Weather Strongly Affects Arctic Upper Atmosphere

ARCSS Program

  • ARCSS Committee Aims for Long-term Synthesis

  • New NSF ARCSS Program Director Reviews Progress

  • JOSS Online Field Catalog Supports SBI Cruises

  • Metadata is Vital to Long-term Utility of Data

  • New CD Compiles ATLAS Materials

  • ATLAS Research Enters Synthesis Phase

  • Working Group Meetings Advance PARCS Research Themes

  • New Program Links Freshwater to Ocean Dynamics

  • Land-Shelf Interactions Science Plan Moves Forward

  • Special Issue of Arctic and Workshop Explore HARC Topics

  • Workshop Outlines New Photochemistry Studies

  • USCGC Healy and Polar Star Cruise the Western Arctic

Arctic Research Support and Logistics

  • VPR Supports Complex Work on Alaska Glaciers

  • Station Upgrades Continue as Toolik Population Grows

Arctic Natural Sciences Program

  • The Arctic Natural Sciences Program

  • Eruptions Release Clues to Bering Sea Tectonic History

  • Glacier Behavior Linked to Seasonal Hydrology

Arctic Social Sciences Program

  • Ethnicity and Trust are Key to Russian Transition

  • Mixed Siberian Communities Defy Ethnic Categorization

  • New Program Manager Joins Arctic Social Sciences

Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)

  • First SEARCH Open Science Meeting Set for October 2003

  • SEARCH Develops Implementation Strategy

Capitol Updates

  • Bill Authorizes Doubled NSF Budget by Fiscal Year 2007

U.S. Arctic Research Commission

  • USARC Promotes Arctic Research on Many Fronts

Polar Research Board

  • PRB Guides Long-term Research Plans in Gulf of Alaska

Arctic Policy

  • Iceland Takes Helm of Arctic Council

International News

  • ACUNS Celebrates 25 Years of Northern Studies

  • Oden to Undertake Beringia Expedition in 2005

  • IASC Fosters International Opportunities

  • International Project Excavates Icelandic Settlements

Education News

  • Graduate Students Analyze Regional Impacts in the North

  • University of the Arctic Unites Field Courses

  • Five Teachers Set to Experience the Arctic

  • Visiting Speakers Share Knowledge Across the Arctic

  • Barrow Students Focus on Endangered Wildlife



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