Our Work

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Focus areas

Arctic system science

  • Ocean acidification
  • Heat and freshwater transport
  • Changing sea ice cover and permafrost
  • Biogeochemical processes
Icebergs float in the Southern Ocean near the Western Arctic Peninsula. Image by Andrew McDonnell.

Modeling and data

  • Ocean acidification
  • Heat and freshwater transport
  • Changing sea ice cover and permafrost
  • Biogeochemical processes


  • Connecting Arctic research to policy and decision making
  • International coordination of sustained observations of Arctic change

Responding to change

  • Adaptation planning
  • Hazards monitoring and assessment
  • Informing long-term fire response
  • Scenarios and futures thinking
House collapse due to coastal erosion in South Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida demonstrates one of the impacts of worsening flooding and storm damage due to rapid Arctic change. Photo by James Balog/Earth Vision Institute.


  • Youth education
  • Student and early-career scientist opportunities
  • Community outreach
  • Open data access
A boy hands Breen a bouquet of assorted flowers after watching her collect plants as she prepared for an Ethnobotany field course in Quinhagak, Alaska. (Photo by J. Cleveland)

Supporting Arctic operations

  • Arctic naval operations support
  • Predictions for transportation and water infrastructure
  • Inform mine reclamation in frozen ground
BEAUFORT SEA (March 11, 2018) A field team from Ice Camp Skate prepares to attach a brow aboard the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) in support of Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2018. ICEX is a five-week exercise that allows the Navy to assess its operational readiness in the Arctic, increase experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic environment and continue to develop relationships with other services, allies and partner organizations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Michael H. Lee/Released)

A premier research institute at UAF

IARC is home to more than 100 scientists, staff, and students working on issues such as ocean acidification, as well as through larger climate adaptation initiatives such as the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy.

Our individual researchers work at the frontiers of Arctic system research. They analyze, synthesize, and provide Arctic climate information for other scientists, resource managers, policy makers, and the public.

Our larger, sustained collaborative efforts work from multiple angles to help people understand and adapt to a changing Arctic climate.

Other groups address pressing social and economic problems with applied research.

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Projects, collaborations, and initiatives