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NOAA in the Arctic
Learn about what NOAA is working on in the Arctic.
NOAA's Arctic Vision and Strategy
Arctic Report Card
This annually published peer reviewed report gathers the latest science from top experts to track changes in the Arctic.
Latest Report Card
Oceans & Coasts
NOAA’s National Ocean Service conserves and manages our Arctic Ocean resources to support resilient ecosystems and communities and works to map the seafloor to improve charting and navigational support.
NOAA’s National Weather Service provides weather, water, and climate information for planning and decision making to protect lives, property, enhance the national economy, and manage the Arctic’s many resources.
NOAA Satellites observe the Arctic ocean and atmosphere to understand and forecast Arctic change.
NOAA Research is foundational to understanding the complex Arctic system and supporting effective stewardship, resilient communities, and sustainable economies
NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) provides science-based conservation and management of important Arctic living marine resources and their habitats: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems.
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About NOAA in the Arctic

The Arctic, according to Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984, can be defined as all the lands and waters above the black line. Map Modified from Williams, D.M., and Richmond, C.L., 2021

NOAA's diverse activities in the Arctic provides science, service, and stewardship that supports people and commerce.

During the past thirty years, the Arctic environment has undergone profound and unprecedented changes. Temperatures have increased nearly four times faster than the global average and sea ice has diminished sharply. These changes have allowed an opening of the Arctic to new areas of commerce such as shipping, oil and mineral exploration and tourism. 

The new opportunities have increased the need for better environmental intelligence to understand Arctic change and its impact on regional and global weather and climate as well as improved regional awareness to support communities and industry. The environmental intelligence that NOAA generates in the Arctic supports decisions and actions related to conservation and management to promote healthy, productive and resilient communities and ecosystems.

NOAA's Arctic Vision and Strategy

A vision, plan, and structure for supporting NOAA’s activities in the Arctic are characterized in these three main documents.

NOAA provides and supports a variety of critical services that communities in Alaska and operators in the Arctic rely on.

NOAA partners with scientific and governmental collaborators, non-governmental organizations, industry, academia and local and Indigenous communities to meet research, stewardship, and management needs in Alaska and the Arctic.

NOAA's Arctic Data

Access data portals and review guiding principles for supporting accessibility and collaboration on Arctic data.

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