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

Modeling and data

  • Climate projections
  • Modeling biogeochemistry, fire, permafrost, precipitation, temperature, and vegetation
  • Weather and sea ice forecasting


  • 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


  • Youth education
  • Student and early-career scientist opportunities
  • Community outreach
  • Open data access

Supporting Arctic operations

  • Arctic naval operations support
  • Predictions for transportation and water infrastructure
  • Inform mine reclamation in frozen ground

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.

See our latest Annual Report

Projects, collaborations, and initiatives