IARPC Collaborations Teams and Communities of Practice

IARPC’s enabling legislation includes mandates both for interagency coordination and for collaboration with non-federal research and Arctic communities. IARPC Collaborations teams and communities of practice support this collaboration.

The Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026 outlines four priority areas with identified goals and five foundational activities. The Biennial Implementation Plan articulates specific objectives and deliverables towards achieving the priority area goals and advancing the foundational activities. IARPC has established collaboration teams to coordinate work toward these goals. In addition, disciplinary communities of practice—many of which were established under the Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021—support this work.

Collaboration teams and communities of practice are open to anyone who can contribute. If you would like to get involved, please request an account.

Priority Area Collaboration Teams

  • Arctic Systems Interactions
    Arctic Systems Interactions

    Enhancing our ability to observe, understand, predict, and project the Arctic’s dynamic interconnected systems and their links to the Earth system.

  • Community Resilience and Health
    Community Resilience and Health

    Improving community resilience and well-being by strengthening research and developing tools to increase understanding of interdependent social, natural, and built systems in the Arctic.

  • Risk Management and Hazard Mitigation
    Risk Management and Hazard Mitigation

    Securing and improving quality of life through research that promotes an understanding of disaster risk exposure, sensitivity to hazard, and adaptive capacity.

  • Sustainable Economies and Livelihoods
    Sustainable Economies and Livelihoods

    Observing and understanding the Arctic’s natural, social, and built systems to promote sustainable economies and livelihoods.


Foundational Activity Collaboration Teams


Communities of Practice

  • Arctic Domain Awareness Center Network
    Arctic Domain Awareness Center Network

    Making the Arctic Ocean a safer place for work and recreation.

  • Atmosphere
    Atmosphere

    Advancing process and understanding of the changing composition and dynamics and the resulting changes to surface energy budgets.

  • Coastal Resilience
    Coastal Resilience

    Strengthening coastal community resilience and advancing stewardship of coastal natural and cultural resources by engaging in research related to the interconnections of people, natural, and built environments.

  • Diversity & Inclusion
    Diversity & Inclusion

    Recognizing the value of diversity and inclusiveness in Arctic science, this team encourages open conversations on how to increase inclusion and equity in scientific research to enhance problem solving and improve innovative solutions.

  • Early Career
    Early Career

    A collaboration space for anyone wishing to connect with the early career community. This forum encourages sharing information, news, and events relevant to early career development and to foster connections within the Arctic sciences.

  • Field Operations
    Field Operations

    Coordinating and collaborating among organizations supporting field operations and campaigns to collect Arctic data

  • Glaciers & Sea Level
    Glaciers & Sea Level

    Improving the understanding of glaciers, ice caps and the Greenland Ice Sheet to resolve the forcings for and impacts of mass balance changes.

  • Health & Well-being
    Health & Well-being

    Enhancing understanding of health determinants and improving the well-being of Arctic residents.

  • International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research
    International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research

    Advancing polar science and technology through international cooperation

  • Marine Ecosystems
    Marine Ecosystems

    Increasing understanding of the structure and function of Arctic marine ecosystems and their role in the climate system and advancing predictive capabilities.

  • Modeling
    Modeling

    Enhancing understanding of the integrated Arctic system through the use of regional and global earth system models.

  • Observing
    Observing

    Assessment, planning, and integration of environmental and socioeconomic observing to understand Arctic system change. This open team supports the US AON and meets periodically as the U.S. Committee to Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON).

  • Permafrost
    Permafrost

    Advancing understanding of processes controlling permafrost dynamics and the impacts on ecosystems, infrastructure, and climate feedbacks.

  • Physical Oceanography
    Physical Oceanography

    Coordinating research of the physical oceanography of the Arctic Ocean

  • Sea Ice
    Sea Ice

    Enhancing understanding and improving predictions of the changing Arctic sea ice cover.

  • Terrestrial Ecosystems
    Terrestrial Ecosystems

    Developing a landscape-scale understanding of the drivers and impacts of terrestrial ecosystem change.

  • U.S. Forum for the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
    U.S. Forum for the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)

    The U.S. delegation to IASC aims to increase two-way communication with the US Arctic research community through IARPC Collaborations.