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NCAR, University of Washington Scientists Link Short-Term Spikes, Long-Term Warming in Antarctic to Tropical Pacific

8/12/2008 Scientists have linked a dramatic year-to-year temperature swings and a century-long warming trend across West Antarctica to conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean. More

Two Scientific Cruises--including Joint U.S., Canadian Mission--to Map Arctic Seafloor

8/11/2008 The U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Task Force, chaired by the State Department, plans two Arctic cruises this summer. The cruises are part of an interagency effort to collect data about the continental shelf and oceanic basins in the Arctic. More

University of Alaska Fairbanks Researcher Receives Award for Paper on Forest Sustainabilty

8/8/2008 The Ecological Society of America presented the award to F. Stuart "Terry" Chapin III of the Institute of Arctic Biology for a paper on policy strategies to sustain Alaskan forests in the face of climate change. NSF and USDA funded the work. More

NOAA’s Fisheries Service Protects Bering Sea Habitat

8/7/2008 NOAA’s Fisheries Service has prohibited the use of bottom-trawl gear in 130,000 square nautical miles of the Bering Sea, an area where the gear has not been used previously, to protect the sea-bottom habitat. More

Sen. Murkowski Calls on the White House to Endorse Construction of More Icebreakers

8/6/2008 Prompted by reports of three vessels becoming stuck in ice off Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, called on the administration to issue its long-awaited Arctic Policy update and reiterated her call for construction of more U.S. icebreakers. More

NSF Awards Dartmouth University a $3 million Grant for New Polar Sciences, Engineering Graduate Program

8/6/2008 NSF's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program awarded roughly $3 million to the Dickey Center for International Understanding to support development of a doctoral program that focuses on rapid environmental change. More

Interior Showcases Free Public Availability of Landsat Satellite Image Archive

8/4/2008 “With the click of a mouse, scientists, government officials and land managers will be able to see the changes in the earth’s landscape at any point in the past three and a half decades,” Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne says. More

Antarctic Fossils Paint a Picture of a Much Warmer Continent

8/4/2008 Scientists working in an ice-free region of Antarctica have discovered the last traces of tundra--in the form of fossilized plants and insects--on the interior of the southernmost continent before temperatures began to drop millions of years ago. More

DOE Climate Change Science Program Issues Report on Climate Models

7/31/2008 The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) has released a report that describes computer models of the Earth’s climate and their ability to simulate current climate change. 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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