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Arctic Report Card: Update for 2022
The warming Arctic reveals shifting seasons, widespread disturbances, and the value of diverse observations
Archive of previous Arctic Report Cards
2022 Arctic Report Card

About Arctic Report Card 2022

The Arctic Report Card (hereafter ‘ARC’) has been issued annually since 2006. It is a timely and peer-reviewed source for clear, reliable, and concise environmental information on the current state of different components of the Arctic system relative to historical records. The ARC is intended for a wide audience interested in the Arctic environment and science, including scientists, teachers, students, decision-makers, policymakers, and the general public.

ARC2022 contains 15 essay contributions prepared by an international team of 147 authors from 11 different countries. An independent peer review of ARC2022 was organized by the Secretariat of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). ARC is classified as a NOAA Technical Report and is archived within the NOAA Library Institutional Repository.

ARC2022 is organized into three sections: Vital Signs, Other Indicators, and Frostbites. The Vital Signs section is for annual updates on seven recurring topics: Surface Air Temperature; Terrestrial Snow Cover; Greenland Ice Sheet; Sea Ice; Sea Surface Temperature; Arctic Ocean Primary Productivity; and Tundra Greenness. New for this year is Precipitation, which will be included as an eighth Vital Sign essay going forward. The Other Indicators section is for topics that are updated every 2-4 years, many of which have appeared in previous ARCs. The Frostbites section is for reports on new and newsworthy items, describing emerging issues, and addressing topics that relate to long-term observations in the Arctic. People occasionally ask questions such as “How are essay topics selected?” or “Why is topic X not in the Arctic Report Card?” The short answer is that each ARC strives to include some recurrent topics as well as new topics and thus covers many subjects over a period of years. In this way, the ARC achieves a comprehensiveness over time that is not possible in any single year. A complete list of topics covered since the first publication of the ARC is available at the Report Card Archive. Click on these hyperlinks for a list of all ARC2022 authors and their affiliations, and a list of references from all 15 essays. If you’d like to submit a topic for consideration for future reports, please submit your idea via the Google form here.


Financial support for Arctic Report Card 2022 was provided by NOAA’s Global Ocean Monitoring & Observing Arctic Research Program, including content editing funded through the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) via NOAA Cooperative Agreement NA17OAR4320101 and NA22OAR4320151 (Druckenmiller and Moon) and by the Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES) under NOAA Cooperative Agreement NA20OAR4320271, Contribution No. 2022-1240 (Thoman). The editors thank AMAP for organizing the independent peer review and those who provided review comments. The editors also recognize the tremendous contribution of Kelley Uhlig, Program Specialist II with CPAESS UCAR, and NOAA’s Arctic Research Program, who coordinated and managed the various elements of the ARC’s production process; and the whole of the Arctic Report Card production team for the professionalism, dedication, and enthusiasm in producing each year’s Report.

In Memoriam

Dr. Kevin R. Wood
1962 – 2022

NOAA’s Arctic Report Card production team would like to honor the extensive contributions of Kevin R. Wood over the last 10 years. Kevin contributed scientifically to several essays and led the development of the Arctic Report Card video and script. His passion for scientific communication and storytelling shone through in these efforts and helped make the Arctic Report Card the authoritative and accessible publication that it is.

Fair winds and following seas…

How to cite Arctic Report Card 2022

Citing the complete report or Executive Summary:
Druckenmiller, M. L., R. L. Thoman, and T. A. Moon, Eds., 2022: Arctic Report Card 2022,

Citing an essay (example):
Mudryk, L., A. Elias Chereque, C. Derksen, K. Luojus, and B. Decharme, 2022: Terrestrial snow cover. Arctic Report Card 2022, M. L. Druckenmiller, R. L. Thoman, and T. A. Moon, Eds.,
(Note: Each essay has a unique DOI assigned to it)

Media Contact Information

Monica Allen
NOAA Communications
(202) 379-6693

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Coastal thaw, Qikiqtaruk, Yukon, 2016 (credit: Jeffrey T. Kerby, National Geographic Society)

Mention of a commercial company or product does not constitute an endorsement by NOAA/OAR. Use of information from this publication concerning proprietary products or the tests of such products for publicity or advertising purposes is not authorized. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

December 8, 2022

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