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Regional: Polar_Regions: Arctic: Science_and_Environment

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Alaska Wildlife Notebook Series
Learn about wild animals inhabiting Alaska. Organized into categories.

Animals of the Arctic
Educational materials on marine and land animals of the Arctic. Includes links a glossary, a bibliography, an Arctic-theme classroom activities page, and related sources.

Arctic Circle
Information and research about the Arctic regions, including natural resources, history and culture, social equity and environmental justice. Site includes a virtual museum, virtual classroom, maps, and an Arctic forum.

Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
A project of the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), to evaluate and synthesize knowledge of the consequences of variability, change, and increased ultraviolet radiation. Includes links to detailed studies in PDF format, six by the Steering Committee and one from a modeling and scenarios workshop.

Arctic Climate System Study
The scientific goal of this study is to ascertain the role of the Arctic in global climate change. Site includes a summary of the objectives and a diagram of the organisations structure.

Arctic Exploration Online
Information on a scientific mission of the US Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star, its crew, its discoveries, Arctic peoples, and the northern environment. Includes an image, sound, and video archive.

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme
International organization to implement components of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy. Provides information on the Arctic environment, and remedial and preventive actions relating to contaminants.

Arctic Ocean Sciences Board
The mission of the AOSB is to facilitate Arctic Ocean research by the support of multinational and multidisciplinary natural science and engineering programs. Includes a schedule of meetings, programs, and publications.

Arctic Ostracode
A searchable database of information on ostracodes, a group of bivalved crustacea preserved in the sediments of the Arctic Ocean.

Arctic Research Consortium of the United States
Information on the organization's mandate and activities, its projects, publications, directories of ARCUS member and researchers, and a searchable archive of current information funding opportunities, events, publications, positions, and news.

The Arctic Science and Technology Information System
Database maintained by the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary containing over 46, 000 records describing publications and research projects about northern Canada.

Arctic Science Journeys Radio
A free radio service offering stories about science, culture, and the environment of the Far North.

Arctic Science Section
Resources on American social science and natural science research programs in the Arctic region from the U.S. Office of Polar Programs. Includes information on grants, Arctic logistics, journals, and related links.

Arctic Theme Page
Resources and lesson plans related to the study of the Arctic. Themes include the flora, fauna, biomes, peoples, history, and exploration of the region.

Arctic Wildlife
Arctic Studies Center's introduction to wildlife of the Arctic.

Aurora Research Institute
Provides research licensing and logistics support to researchers working in Canada's Western Arctic.

Bering Climate
Resource about the Bering Sea climate and ecosystem. Includes multidisciplinary time series data, full descriptive metadata, ecosystem relevance, essays, reports, maps, and photos.

Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean Theme Page
An information resource for the scientific investigation of the biology, oceanography, meteorology and ecology of the area. It provides a forum for presenting and discussing new ideas, plans, research results, and links to other sites.

Canada's Polar Life
Information about environments, geography, organisms, and research, along with photographs.

Canadian Arctic Resources Committee
A citizens' group devoted to protecting northern Canada. Includes a searchable archive of CARC briefs, papers, and the Committee's online journal Northern Perspective.

Canadian Ice Service
An Environment Canada department that provides information about ice conditions in Canadian waters. Includes current ice charts, data on ice thickness, bulletins, and a glossary.

Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Mapping Project
Research project aiming to provide a variety of mapped vegetation information for the arctic tundra regions, based on the most recent scientific understanding of the areas.

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory Library
A online library on the Arctic region with a virtual reference desk. Includes information on finding journals, books, websites, statistics, databases, and research reports related to cold regions research.

Consequences of Climate Change on Life in the Bering and Chukchi Seas
A report about changes Alaska Native peoples observe in their surroundings, that pose a threat to northern ecosystems and to the subsistence way of life at the heart of Yup'ik and Inupiat cultures. Records of public meetings and individual interviews compiled by Greenpeace and Arctic Network. [PDF]

Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna - CAFF
Information on protecting Arctic species and their habitats. Includes an overview of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna program, maps, documents, and research projects.

Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee
Lead United States government agency responsible for implementing arctic research policy and to help set priorities for future Arctic research.

International Arctic Social Sciences Association
Promote and stimulate international cooperation and to increase the participation of social scientists in national and international arctic research.

International Arctic Buoy Programm
Maintains a network of automatic buoys in the Arctic Basin which monitor pressure, temperature, and ice motion data to support real-time operations and meteorological and oceanographic research.

International Arctic Research Center [IARC]
IARC is a focal point of integrating/synthesizing arctic research efforts in terms of climate change and communicates the results to the global climate research community.

International Arctic Science Committee
A non-government organisation to encourage and facilitate cooperation in all aspects of arctic research, in all countries engaged in arctic research, and in all areas of the arctic region.

International Bering Sea Forum
US and Russian scientists, indigenous leaders, environmentalists, and fishermen committed to sustainable management of the Bering Sea ecosystem. Includes information about threats, including overfishing, climate change, and pollution.

Lapland Regional Environment Center
Agency administering environmental programs in Lapland. Includes information on the organization, current projects, environmental programs, scientific studies and databases, publications, land use policy, housing, and related links.

Nansen and Amundsen Basins Observational System
Provides information about this proposed monitoring system of the Eurasian Basin of the Arctic Ocean. Includes objectives, funding, partners, technology, and contact information.

NOAA Arctic Science Laboratory
Scientists and research partners studying the Arctic through direct and remote observation, models, and analysis of data. Includes information about the mission, issues, capabilities, and programs.

North Pole Environmental Observatory
Continuously monitors atmosphere, ocean, and sea ice conditions in the central Arctic Ocean. Describes the background and purpose of the observatory, and includes graphs and statistics.

On Thin Ice: Hudson Bay Polar Bears
Examines the threat to the polar bear population at the southern extreme of the species' domain. [PDF]

Paraglacial dynamics in Spitsbergen
French research mission to study the impact of climatic change on the geomorphology of polar landscapes. Includes the objectives of the research project, and information about the scientific team.

Polar Science Center
A unit of the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington that studies of oceanography, meteorology, and ice conditions in the Arctic.

Pros and Cons of Arctic Drilling
Discusses the issues surrounding Arctic drilling, as well as views from the two sides of the issue.

The Roald Amundsen Centre for Arctic Research
Arctic research at the University of Tromsø .

Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean
Coordinated project to investigate the role of arctic climate in global change. Site includes a list of journal articles, some of which are also provided to download as PDF files.

Svanhovd Environmental Centre
Extensive database of institutions, organizations and enterprises dealing with environmental, agriculture and forestry issues in the Russian part of the Barents region.

The Unaami Data Collection
Diverse interdisciplinary collection of Arctic variables from the past 25 years, which represent different geographic regions and data types.

University of Lapland - Arctic Centre
Researches polar climate, peoples, and environment. Includes information about the center, its scientific studies, research units, academic programs, information services, publications, and conferences. Searchable.

WWF Arctic Programme
The Arctic programme of worldwide environmental NGO WWF, based in Oslo. Quarterly bullentin on current issues.



Ages-Old Polar Icecap Is Melting, Scientists Find
NY Times article about the discovery of an ice-free patch of ocean near the North Pole. (August 19, 2000)

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