ARCTIC RESEARCH CONSORTIUM OF THE UNITED STATES INCORPORATED

aka ARCUS   |   Fairbanks, AK   |  www.arcus.org

Mission

ARCUS is a catalyst for interdisciplinary thinking, acting and education leading to the development of highly collaborative partnerships. ARCUS envisions strong and productive linkages that promote discovery and understanding of the Arctic and inform sound decisions related to the Arctic.

ARCUS serves to connect the U.S. and global Arctic research community across disciplinary, organizational, and national boundaries.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Dr. Robert H. Rich Ph.D., CAE

Main address

3535 College Rd Ste 101 Suite 101

Fairbanks, AK 99709 USA

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EIN

92-0137088

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Professional Societies, Associations (U03)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Professional Societies, Associations (V03)

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Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)

The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) is a U.S. program with a mission to provide a foundation of Arctic change science through collaboration with the research community, funding agencies, and other stakeholders.

To achieve this mission, SEARCH:

Generates and synthesizes research findings and promotes Arctic science and scientific discovery across disciplines and among agencies.

Identifies emerging issues in Arctic environmental change.

Provides scientific information to Arctic stakeholders, policy-makers, and the public to help them understand and respond to Arctic environmental change.

Facilitates research activities across local-to-global scales, with an emphasis on addressing needs of decision-makers.

Collaborates with national and international science programs integral to SEARCH goals.

Population(s) Served

ARCUS serves as a catalyst for connecting Arctic research across boundaries. The collaboratory, funded under a cooperative agreeement with the National Science Foundation, consists of a number of vehicles to support communication, coordination, and collaboration in Arctic research.

Population(s) Served

PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which K-12 teachers spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. The goal of PolarTREC is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing K-12 educators and polar researchers together.

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ARCUS seeks to connect Arctic research across the boundaries of discipline, institution, geography, and sector through communication, coordination, and collaboration. Through these activities, we are promoting the advance of Arctic inquiry, discovery, and the application of knowledge to informed decision-making.

ARCUS maintains communication vehicles that connect the Arctic research community, such as the ArcticInfo listserv, the Witness the Arctic magazine, the Directory of Arctic Researchers, and the Calendar of Arctic Research Events. We support coordination through serving as the project office for the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH), the Sea Ice Prediction Network, and the interdisciplinary pilot project Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook. We support collaboration between educators and researchers through the PolarTREC program, which places teachers in an Arctic or Antarctic research team for a month, and The Arctic in the Classroom, which brings Arctic Alaska teachers and researchers together. Behind the scenes, ARCUS is a major connector of Arctic research teams, supporting the U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, and other agencies. ARCUS provides networking opportunities, open houses, and receptions to the Arctic research community at many major Arctic-related meetings and at the American Geophysical Union meeting, where ARCUS supports Arctic-focused meeting rooms made available to the community.

ARCUS is a lean, geographically distributed team composed of specialists in making connections across boundaries. We employ skilled project managers, web and technology support experts, and well-connected leaders in facilitating connectivity. ARCUS has a long history (since 1988) of making Arctic research connections, and there are many long-serving staff who can provide continuity and context. ARCUS maintains a modern Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system that is the premier authority for information on members of the Arctic research community. This CRM also is the back-end for the Directory of Arctic Researchers. ARCUS maintains robust IT systems, enabling our facility with distributed collaboration and project support. ARCUS has offices in Fairbanks, AK and Washington, DC, which are leading venues for Arctic research-related conversations and meetings.

ARCUS has established many important linkages at all levels of the Arctic research community. We have the most comprehensive and current Directory of Arctic Researchers in the world, though we need to continue to work to keep that data updated and useful. Our ArcticInfo listserv is the largest Arctic research list in the world. Our community meeting rooms at the AGU Fall Meeting provide a reliable and efficient venue for groups in the Arctic research community to come together. The support we provide to the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) enables synthesis and communication across the multifaceted Arctic system. We continue to work toward additional system-level understanding through a number of projects. The Sea Ice Prediction Network serves as the leading catalyst and communication platform for the important science of predicting sea ice, but that science has a long way to go before its aspirations of robust and geographically localized predictions can be accurately made. PolarTREC continues to bring together teachers and researchers, and has resulted in the development of national award-winning teacher-leaders among its alumni. Through our connectivity work, we have reduced the apparent complexity of the Arctic research enterprise in the United States, and are seeking to connect it to Arctic research around the world. As the Arctic changes ever-more rapidly, ARCUS continues to innovate to address the emerging issues and provide the necessary connectivity that only an independent not-for-profit skilled in operating in this domain can.

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ARCTIC RESEARCH CONSORTIUM OF THE UNITED STATES INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 12/23/2016
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Board chair

Dr. John Payne

North Slope Science Initiative

Term: Dec 2016 - Dec 2017

John Payne President

North Slope Science Initiative

David Cairns Secretary

Texas A&M University

Audrey Taylor Treasurer

University of Alaska, Anchorage

Carolina Behe

Inuit Circumpolar Council

Adrian Gall

ABR, Inc.

Howard Epstein

University of Virginia

John Farrell

U.S. Arctic Research Commission

Mark Ivey

Sandia National Laboratory

Gunnar Knapp

University of Alaska, Anchorage

Timo Koivurova

University of Lapland

Olivia Lee

University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Maribeth Murray

Arctic Institute of North America

Robert Rich Executive Director

Arctic Research Consortium of the United States