IARPC Community Resources During COVID-19

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, we are working to keep the community informed about research status and guidelines in the Arctic. Institutions and organizations are closely monitoring guidelines issued by the CDC, state of Alaska, and local governments to aid in their decisions about the 2020 field season.

In consultation with Alaska Native communities, Kawerak has recommended “that all research activities that involve travel to Bering Strait region communities, including Nome, or which require physical proximity to Bering Strait residents, be indefinitely postponed.”

The bow of an icebreaker ship overlooking sea ice.

Photo by Sandra Thornton (PolarTREC 2016), Courtesy of ARCUS

Cruise Schedule Updates (updated October 2020)

AOOS and IARPC have put together a spreadsheet that shows the status of 2020 Alaska Arctic Research Cruises.

Please share this information and distribute it to communities of interest. This spreadsheet will also be available on the AOOS website and emailed out to stakeholders on the 15th of each month. Sign up for the email distribution list here. Please contact Ann-Christine Zinkann and Jill Prewitt with any questions.

Additional COVID-19 Information

Additional IARPC agency partner responses to COVID-19 are available in this summary and in the IARPC Collaborations member-only space.

The core Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic are:

  • Be Accountable
  • Establish Effective Communication
  • Respect Indigenous Knowledge and Cultures
  • Build and Sustain Relationships
  • Pursue Responsible Environmental Stewardship

Watch the 2020 Pre-field Season Coordination Meeting, discussing the most recent updates as of April 20 below:

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