ARCUS Member Research Updates

In preparation for the 2020 ARCUS Annual Meeting, held on 29 October, ARCUS members shared updates with us on their latest activities, products, and events. Full reports are available on the 2020 ARCUS Annual Meeting webpage under the Member Reports tab. Here are some of the highlights from our members!

UAF logo The University of Alaska Fairbanks shared information on their role as America’s Arctic University, including opportunities to collaborate and connect on interdisciplinary and high-impact research.

UAA logo The University of Alaska Anchorage shared their 2020 Arctic research and scholarship highlights, including administrators and faculty in new leadership roles, new Arctic research projects, and recent publication highlights.

Sandia logoSandia National Laboratories has worked on a variety of Arctic research activities. They shared their 2019 Arctic Initiative report and links to the webpages for many Arctic programs, such as their Arctic science and security Program, Arctic energy and infrastructure, and more.

ABR logoABR, Inc. shared updates on their Arctic projects with caribou, habitat and landscape changes, seabirds, and subsistence fisheries. ABR also shared a dozen new Arctic publications from 2020.

UIT Norway logoUiT: The Arctic University of Norway shares information on seven of their main projects in the past year, including Arctic Voices in Art and Literature in the Long 19th Century, The Nansen Legacy Program (, and more.

ASU logoArizona State University provided an update on the Navigating the New Arctic-funded Arctic Robust Communities – Navigating Adaptation to Variability (ARC-NAV) project.

U. Washingon logoThe University of Washington is home to many Arctic researchers studying oceanography, sea ice, atmospheric sciences, ecology, land ice, and social sciences. This update shared many of their recent Arctic publications.

Rutgers Univ. logoRutgers University Arctic researchers are working on social systems, atmosphere, ocean, microbiology, hydrology, and glaciers. Their report shared a variety of examples of their recent work in the Arctic.

Texas A&M Univ. logoTexas A&M University shared recent work on polar and saffron cod, and two new papers on Arctic oceanography, including particulate matter and trace metal cycling topics.

U. Virginia logoThe University of Virginia shared an update on an integrated sensor network for understanding the changing natural-built landscape in an Arctic community.

Norwegian Polar Institute logoThe Norwegian Polar Institute shared updates on their Arctic Ocean Programme, Svalbard Programme, and Ny-Ålesund Programme.

GW logoThe George Washington University shared updates on Arctic PIRE – Promoting Urban Sustainability in the Arctic, Circumpolar Active-Layer Monitoring (CALM), and updates on wildland fires, cruise ship tourism, and COVID-19 impacts in Juneau.

The Arctic Studies Center at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution shared two new publications, Arctic Crashes: People and Animals in the Changing North and Applied Ecological Knowledge: Indigenous Arts from Natural Materials.

PAN-ARCTIC OPTIONS logo Pan-Arctic Options shared information from their Arctic Conference held 7-8 February 2020 and other work. Read more about them in this issue of Witness the Arctic HERE.

Arctic Centre logo The Arctic Centre, University of Lapland in Finland shared examples of recent research projects, including WOLLIE: Live, work, or leave? Youth wellbeing and the viability of (post) extractive Arctic industrial cities in Finland and Russia; CHARTER – Drivers and feedbacks of changes in Arctic terrestrial biodiversity; and JUSTNORTH – Towards just, ethical, and sustainable Arctic economies, environments, and societies.

Kawerak logoThe report from Kawerak, Inc. highlighted their work on Knowledge Sovereignty and the Indigenization of Knowledge. Their work to promote positive relationships between Indigenous communities and research includes a variety of broadly relevant activities.

CCHRC logoThe Cold Climate Housing Research Center shared updates on a new partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; a new affordable, high-efficiency housing design; a project improving the health of homes in Buckland, AK; and cold-climate energy incentives. Read more about them in this issue of Witness the Arctic HERE.