Our Work

IARC is one of UAF’s premier research institutes

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

Our larger, sustained consortium 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.


IARC is home to more than 100 scientists, staff, and students conducting important work in areas integral to IARC’s mission. Our scientists work on independent research—such as the critical and relevant work being done on ocean acidification—as well as through larger climate adaptation initiatives such as the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy.

Projects, collaborations, and initiatives

Find peer-reviewed work by IARC researchers

Focus areas

Arctic system science

  • Ocean acidification
  • Heat and freshwater transport
  • Changing sea ice cover
  • Changing permafrost hydrology
  • Ground ice and a changing landscape
  • Biogeochemical processes in the sea ice zone

Modeling and data

  • Historical and future projections of climate
  • Improving marine biogeochemical processes in earth system models
  • Temperature and precipitation modeling
  • Weather and sea ice forecasting
  • Seasonal to subseasonal environmental prediction
  • Fire and vegetation data and modeling
  • Permafrost modeling


  • Connecting Arctic research to policy and decision making
  • International coordination of sustained observations of Arctic change
  • Support and coordination of Arctic system modeling
  • Leadership at conferences and meetings

Responding to change

  • Adaptation planning in rural communities
  • Hazards monitoring and assessment
  • Informing long-term fire response
  • Scenarios and futures thinking


  • Youth education
  • Student and early-career scientist opportunities
  • Community outreach
  • Policy briefs
  • Online tools and models
  • Open data access

Supporting Arctic operations

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