IARPC Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021 Now Available

December 15, 2016
By Jessica Rohde

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) announced the release of Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021 today at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California. The Plan supports U.S. policy across a range of scales—from Arctic peoples and communities to the role of the Arctic in the Earth System—and is organized around nine research goals:

Health & Well-being — Atmosphere — Sea Ice — Marine Ecosystems— Glaciers & Sea Level — Permafrost — Terrestrial Ecosystems — Coastal Resilience —Environmental Intelligence (observations, data, models).

Nine collaboration teams, one for each goal, will implement the plan. Led by Federal and non-federal partners, IARPC collaboration teams will continue to involve the broader Arctic research community through IARPC Collaborations. This platform allows IARPC to engage with all available research talent, such as Federal government and academic scientists, researchers and other stakeholders in the State of Alaska, Alaska Natives, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and overseas researchers and institutions.

Created by the Arctic Research Policy Act of 1984, IARPC organizes the research efforts of 16 Federal agencies to accelerate the pace of Arctic research. Since 2010, IARPC has been a working group of the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Sustainability of the National Science and Technology Council in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. You may view a posting about the Arctic Research Plan on the OSTP website.

For more information about the Arctic Research Plan, its development, review process (including a link to all input received during the Federal Register review process), and plans for implementation, please visit the IARPC Plan FAQ page.

IARPC encourages diverse participation in implementing the Plan. If you want to contribute, please visit the IARPC Collaborations website and request an account.

A presentation given at the IARPC Town Hall at the AGU Fall Meeting 2016 is embedded below. Download the presentation or a 2 page brochure about the plan.