Arctic Research and Policy
The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) supports NSF's implementation of the Arctic Research and Policy Act.
Arctic Research and Policy Act (ARPA)
The Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984, Public Law 98-373, July 31, 1984; amended by Public Law 101-609, November 16, 1990 (ARPA), provides for a comprehensive national policy dealing with national research needs and objectives in the Arctic. The ARPA establishes an Arctic Research Commission (ARC) and an Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) to help implement the Act.
IARPC is an inter-agency working group of the National Science and Technology Council on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability.
Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC)
National Strategy For the Arctic Region
On 10 May 2013, the National Strategy for the Arctic Region was signed joining the United States and Arctic Council colleagues Canada, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Russia, and Sweden in articulating strategic priorities for this critical region of the world.
The Administration solicited input from Alaska Natives, the State of Alaska and others as it was developing the National Strategy for the Arctic. Successful implementation of the National Strategy will depend upon active engagement with Alaska Natives, the State of Alaska and other key stakeholders. In particular, proceeding with the stewardship of Arctic resources under an Integrated Arctic Management approach requires meaningful input by the State, Alaska Natives, and others. As a further demonstration of its commitment to such input, Administration officials will host roundtable discussions in Alaska to determine how best to move forward with the implementation of the concepts laid out in the National Strategy.
The National Science Foundation is pleased to have participated in the development of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region. The release of the Arctic Strategy is timely and builds on collaborations underway across government to identify and address priorities associated with environmental changes in this important region and implications for Arctic residents, the U.S. as an Arctic nation, and the world.
IARPC 5-Year Research Plan
The National Science and Technology Council released a second five-year Arctic Research Plan that outlines key areas of study the Federal government will undertake to better understand and predict environmental changes in the Arctic. For more information, go to the Interagency Arctic Research and Policy Committee page at https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/arctic/iarpc/start.jsp.