Understanding the Arctic as a System

Collaborate With Us

nssi1_headerA successful research institute such as IARC maintains a healthy balance between independent research projects and larger projects and programs. Here we identify synergies and potential opportunities for collaboration.

Please get in touch to learn more about how you can partner with IARC in your Arctic research efforts.

Research initiatives and collaborative research directions

Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub (A-OK)

Support information exchange and environmental observations of cryosphere change by Inupiat experts in coastal communities. Community involvement throughout the development of A-OK will ensure that observations support key community concerns related to snow, ice and permafrost change such as: impacts to food security, safety, and access to subsistence resources. A-OK will contribute to IARC efforts to synthesize observational data and help build capacity in coastal communities by allowing them to help direct community observations related to their concerns on cryosphere change. Contact A-OK

Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)

Climate change is already impacting the seasons, landscapes, and life in the North. These changes affect the health, lives, and livelihoods of Alaskans as well as the companies who do business in Alaska. ACCAP’s work encompasses the entire state of Alaska. We focus on coastal and living marine resources, applied climate downscaling, water availability, sea ice, wildfire, tribal impacts, and community adaptation plans. Contact ACCAP

Alaska Fire Science Consortium (AFSC)

The primary purpose of the Alaska Fire Science Consortium is to strengthen the link between fire science research and on-the-ground application in Alaska by promoting communication between managers and scientists, providing an organized fire science delivery platform, and facilitating collaborative scientist-manager research development. Contact AFSC

Alaska Regional Climate Center

The high latitudes hold a unique and important place in the science of a warming climate. Alaska is arguably first among the 50 states to experience rapid and intense levels of change unprecedented in modern times. There is a an emerging need for integrating the various datasets relevant to climate change in the Alaska region, and for enhancing access and use by the wide range of potential users: researchers, agencies, stakeholders, and the broader public. Contact ARCC

Arctic System Modeling

Many Arctic datasets are located in archives maintained by various groups, yet many other Arctic observations reside outside of these centers. There is a clear need for systematic collection, processing, and metadata coordination of the diverse datasets to be ingested into synthesis activities. In view of its proposed data center activity, IARC will be well positioned to play such a role. Contact ASM

Baffin Bay Observing System Tracking Freshwater Fluxes

Baffin Bay is recognized as the key region for international studies focused on impact of climate change on high-latitude climate systems. Through establishing an observational system, develop a comprehensive, quantitative understanding of the role of Baffin Bay in regulating freshwater transports, toward improved predictions of its role in the Arctic-North Atlantic climate system. Contact BBOS

Barrow Flagship Observatory and Testbed

Improve understanding, simulations and responses to a transforming Arctic by tracking inter-annual and decadal-scale changes in the social-environmental system of a key Arctic coastal region. The Barrow region has seen some of the largest magnitude of changes, in particular in the cryosphere, and has major research infrastructure to help in developing process and predictive models and explore adaptation responses and build resiliency. A flagship site would lead to integration and better coordination of a patchwork of observing initiatives. Contact BFO

Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research (CIFAR)

The Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research is a major program funded by NOAA that helps match Alaskan research talent with NOAA opportunities, under the themes of Ecosystem Function, Coastal Hazards, and Climate Change & Variability. Contact CIFAR

Department of Interior’s Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC)

The Alaska Climate Science Center provides scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor and adapt to climate change. The AK CSC provides an umbrella under which appropriate research efforts and other strategies can be identified, and they support research in physical, biological, social, and integrated systems that can be applied to issues being faced by resource management agencies. Contact AK CSC

IARC Data Center

Create a world-class research cyberinfrastructure, undergirded by semantic technologies, that facilitates custom architecture and programming solutions solving specific problems. Contact IDC

International Synthesis Center and Portal for Arctic Information

There is presently no such international hub for Arctic information synthesis and distribution. This initiative would aim to:

  • Establish IARC and UAF as the internationally recognized “go-to” site for current information on the state and plausible trajectories of the changing Arctic environment
  • Add visibility to research and observing UAF activities by broader distribution through an “Arctic portal”
  • Serve as an international hub and synthesis center for distilling information relevant to Arctic change and making it available to broader audiences.
  • Contact ISCP

Marine Biogeochemical Model Development and Benchmarking

Provide a framework for evaluating arctic ice-ocean biogeochemical (BGC) models against a set of defined standards from the integration of observations. The capacity to build ice-ocean BGC models, now advancing to high resolution, is outpacing the ability to inform on their performance. A community-accepted model evaluation framework can lead to improved confidence in model predictions. Contact MBMDB

Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning (SNAP)

The Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning develops and communicates plausible scenarios of future natural and environmental conditions in an evolving climate. SNAP does this by developing an understanding of the climate’s current and future directions and then develops credible projections that inform policy and management across Alaska and the Arctic. SNAP integrates current research and lessons from the past to help people manage uncertainty and make decisions about the future. Contact SNAP

Science Communication and Knowledge to Action

IARC aims to enhance existing capacity and develop excellence in science communication with the goal of building an acknowledged and sought after program for linking knowledge to action. A diversity of audiences seeks actionable science, and IARC will explicitly address individual audiences with a focus on decisions affecting the economic, environmental, and social well-being of Alaskans. Contact SCKA

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