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State Department-led, Interagency Effort to Define the Limits of the U.S. Continental Shelf Includes the Arctic Ocean

9/2/2008 Since 2001, the United States has been gathering and analyzing data to determine the outer limits of its Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). The effort includes undersea mapping in the Arctic Ocean. More

NOAA's Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Project Data Management Web Site

9/2/2008 A central database of information collected as part of the interagency Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Project. More

"Frequently Asked Questions" Explain What Arctic Sea Ice Is and Why it Matters to Global Climate

8/27/2008 Complied by the National Snow and Ice Data Center these frequently asked questions include "What is sea ice?", "Why is Arctic sea ice so important?", and "How do scientists monitor the Arctic sea ice?" More

U.S. Arctic Policy: An Overview from the U.S. Department of State

8/27/2008 U.S. Arctic policy emphasizes environmental protection, sustainable development, human health, and the role of indigenous people and other Arctic residents as stakeholders in the Arctic. More

USGS Animated Maps Show Behavior of Tagged Walruses

8/26/2008 USGS researchers attached satellite radio-tags to 10 adult walruses to map foraging locations within the St. Lawrence Island polynya. NSF and the Northern Pacific Research Board supported the survey. More

Fish & Wildlife Service Web Site is a Gathering Place for Polar Bear Information

8/21/2008 The multimedia site includes a list of "frequently asked questions" about the bears, a timeline of events leading to the decision to declare the polar bear a threatened species, polar bear videos and more. More

National Snow and Ice Data Center Web Site Provides Continuous Updates of the Extent and Status of Arctic Sea Ice

8/12/2008 Arctic sea ice reflects sunlight, keeping the polar regions cool and moderating global climate. But Arctic sea ice has declined dramatically over at least the past thirty years. NSIDC keeps a scientific eye on conditions. More

Video: Dartmouth Students Test Polar Roving Robots

8/8/2008 Since 2003, students and researchers from Dartmouth University have been designing a lightweight mobile robot to deploy instrument networks in Antarctica. Learn about “Cool Robots at Dartmouth.” Requires Quicktime player More

U.S.S. Nautilius Veterans Mark 50th Anniversary of the First Trip Under the North Pole

8/3/2008 On Aug. 3, 2008 the Submarine Force Library and Museum hosted a ceremony honoring the anniversary of the first submerged transit of the Arctic Ocean. In July, the U.S.S. Providence marked the anniversary at the North Pole. More

New U.S. ARC Commissioners' Expertise Broadens Agency's Reach

7/25/2008 President Bush announced the appointment of three new members to the US Arctic Research Commission and the reappointment of Ms. Michele Longo Eder and Dr. Charles Vörösmarty to second four-year terms. More
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