Witness the Arctic

Volume 13
Number 1
13 March 2009

Feature Article

  • Arctic Climate Change: Where Reality Exceeds Expectations

Arctic Research Support and Logistics

  • CH2M HILL Polar Services Supports IPY "Pulse of Activity"
  • Pat Haggerty Joins Arctic Section Polar Cap
  • Federal Groups Identify Options for Aging Icebreaker Fleet

U.S. Arctic Research Commission

  • President Bush Announces New USARC Commissioners
  • USARC Testifies on Icebreakers

Arctic System Science Program

  • ARCSS Community Fosters Synthesis of Research Efforts

Interagency Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)

  • SEARCH Activities Focus on High Latitude Observations
  • 2007 and 2008 Arctic Observing Network Awards
  • NSF and NPRB Partner to Fund Bering Sea Research
  • 2007 BEST Awards

Arctic Natural Science Program

  • Widespread Spring Streams Present Distinctive Ecology
  • Studies Indicate Soot's Effect on Arctic Climate

Arctic Social Sciences Program

  • Local Experts Provide Valuable Landscape Perspective
  • Innovative Digital System Archives Siberian Languages
  • NSF Makes DEL Program Permanent


  • NSF Addresses Expanding Cyberinfrastructure Needs
  • Google and IBM Partner with NSF
  • Community Envisions Arctic Synthesis Collaboratory
  • Lubin Leads OPP Cyberinfrastructure Efforts
  • Workshops Focus on Virtual Organizations

Capitol Updates

  • Federal Stimulus Bill Adds $3 Billion to NSF Budget

NSF News

  • New Report Summarizes U.S. Arctic Observing Activities

Science News

  • Award Builds on 63 Years of Research in Bristol Bay

Education News

  • PolarTREC Offers Much More Than a Field Experience

International News

  • Arctic Council Releases Oil and Gas Assessment
  • Observing Community Charts SAON Recommendations
  • ISAC Science and Implementation Plan Under Development
  • IASC Plans to Merge with AOSB as Part of New Structure

A Thank You From the ARCUS President and Board of Directors


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