Witness the Arctic

Volume 11
Number 2
15 March 2005

Distribution Date: 15 March 2005
Volume 11, Number 2

Feature Article

  • International Assessment Enumerates Climate Change Impacts Across the Arctic

Arctic Research Support and Logistics

  • PRB Study Guides Design of Arctic Observing Network

  • Arctic Observing Network Committee Members

  • EarthSLOT Supplies Interactive Views of Terrain, Data

  • GEOSummit’s Year-Round Observation Program Expands

  • Toolik Aims for Minimal Disturbance on Research Lands

  • Healy to Join Oden for Beringia Expedition

ARCSS Program

  • Group Details Fluxes Through Canadian Archipelago

  • ARCSS Committee Advances Community Synthesis Efforts

  • New ARCSS Projects Focus on Northern Alaska Coast

  • SNACS Projects Funded in 2004

  • HARC Office Broadens Participation

Arctic Social Sciences Program

  • Project Compares Quality of Benthic Food Sources

  • Cultural Differences Shape Land Claim Negotiations

  • Mask Making Reflects History of Anaktuvuk Pass

Science News

  • Record Wildfires Scorch Boreal Forests in 2004

  • SEARCH Leadership Reviews Progress, Outlines Plans

  • Bering Sea Planning Efforts Advance

NSF News

  • Arden Bement Becomes Twelfth NSF Director

  • Bement on the International Polar Year (IPY)

  • NSF Stresses Environmental Education, Cyberinfrastructure

  • OPP Updates: New Arctic Solicitation, Post-docs, Guidelines

Capitol Updates

  • NSF Budget Down 1.9%, First Cut Since 1996

U.S. Arctic Research Commission

  • Two New Reports from U.S. Arctic Research Commission

Polar Research Board

  • Polar Research Board Advises Evolving Science Programs

  • PRB Members

International News

  • Arctic Council Ministers Discuss Policy, Future Projects

  • Canadian Commission Promotes Polar Studies

  • Canadian IPY Steering Committee

  • Thirteen Draft Science Plans to be Reviewed at ICARP II

  • Program Supplies Wide Array of Long-term Buoy Data

  • International Arctic Buoy Programme Participants

  • Cooperating Nations Foster Ocean Drilling Programs

  • International Team Cores Lomonosov Ridge Sediments

  • Impetus Builds for International Polar 2007–2008

  • International Effort Launches Artic Biodiversity Initiative

  • Arctic Science Summit Week 2005 in China

Education News

  • CIRES Infrastructure Facilitates Science Education

  • From Toolik to Svalbard, Teachers Experience Field Research

  • Students Fill Gaps in Lake Ice Observations

  • Arctic Research Thrives in ARMADA Classrooms

  • New Web Site Highlights Alaska Science



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