Collaboration teams

IARPC's enabling legislation included both a mandate for interagency coordination and a mandate for collaboration with non-Federal science and research partners in the state of Alaska, academia, industry, indigenous groups, and more. To facilitate this collaboration, IARPC has initiated a series of 9 Collaboration Teams, whose joint activities advance the research goals outlined in the IARPC 5-year plan. IARPC Collaboration Teams are open to scientific contributors from both inside and outside the Federal government. If you would like to get involved, please request an account and identify your areas of expertise.

  • Atmosphere Atmosphere
    Advancing process and understanding of the changing composition and dynamics and the resulting changes to surface energy budgets.
  • Environmental Intelligence Environmental Intelligence
    Developing integrated environmental knowledge that is timely, reliable and suitable, that includes observing, modeling, and data integration.
  • Health & Well-being Health & Well-being
    Enhancing understanding of health determinants and improving the well-being of Arctic residents.
  • Permafrost Permafrost
    Advancing understanding of processes controlling permafrost dynamics and the impacts on ecosystems, infrastructure, and climate feedbacks.
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems Terrestrial Ecosystems
    Developing a landscape-scale understanding of the drivers and impacts of terrestrial ecosystem change.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sea Ice Sea Ice
    Enhancing understanding and improving predictions of the changing Arctic sea ice cover.


Sub-teams originated in relation to the Environmental Intelligence team.
Join that team before joining a sub-team.

  • Arctic Data Arctic Data
    Applying modern cyberinfrastructure to improve capabilities for integrating and blending data.
  • Modeling Modeling
    Enhancing understanding of the integrated Arctic system through the use of regional and global earth system models.
  • Arctic Observing Systems Arctic Observing Systems
    Assessment, planning, and integration of environmental and socio-economic observing to understand Arctic system change.

Self-forming teams

Self-forming teams allow our members to organize themselves around Arctic research topics not currently covered in our Arctic Research Plan. Self-forming teams vary in scope, but align in their objectives to connect the research community and Federal agencies working on Arctic-related research initiatives.

Government agencies working together

IARPC comprises agencies, departments, and offices across the Federal Government and is chaired by the National Science Foundation. More about who's involved »

IARPC also cooperates with the State of Alaska, indigenous organizations, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, the Arctic Council, and international partners.

Request an account

Join scientists from Federal, State, academic, NGO, and industry organizations working to accelerate the progress of Arctic research.

Membership in IARPC Collaborations is subject to approval and adherence to the codes of conduct.


Sara Bowden, IARPC Executive Secretary
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