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Welcome to the NOAA Arctic Program

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The mission of the Arctic Research Program is to improve the understanding of Arctic environmental processes and support NOAA’s mission capabilities across the Arctic through targeted observing, synthesis and science communication efforts. NOAA’s Arctic Research Program occupies a niche among other Arctic agency research programs because of its support for sustained research observations and its unique partnerships with various organizations.
As a research program within a mission agency, ARP has a strong service orientation with a clear mandate to consider the needs of stakeholders. ARP includes the following lines of effort:

Within a science and services agency, ARP has a strong service orientation with a clear mandate to consider the needs of stakeholders. ARP includes the following lines of effort:
Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO)-  Supported by the Arctic Research Program, DBO is a division of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory . The Pacific Arctic region is a rapidly changing environment that can be monitored by taking periodic ocean samples from Arctic vessels. The DBO takes biological samples and monitors sea-ice conditions and sea water temperature in several sites in the Bering Sea, the Chukchi Sea, and the Beaufort Sea. More information about DBO can be viewed

International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA) – Supported by the ARP. IASOA takes field measurements at more than ten sites in the Arctic in a collaborated effort by U.S. government agencies as well as government and private agencies from Finland, Canada, and Russia. Field measurements include atmospheric sampling that investigate interactions with the Arctic environment in this ever changing ecosystem. More information about IASOA can be viewed here.

Arctic Report Card (ARC) –  The Arctic Report Card is an annual report of the current state of the Arctic environment that includes a comparison to historical records. Topics detailed in the report include sea ice coverage, average sea surface temperature, and indicators of ocean health such as ocean acidification. More information about the Arctic Report can be viewed here.

Annual surveys- The Arctic Research Program (ARP) also sponsors annual surveys such as the International Arctic Buoy Programme (IABP) and the Arctic Glider Program.

The International Arctic Buoy Programme (IABP) is a system of buoys in the Arctic Ocean that collects real-time data for weather forecasts, sea-ice predictions,  and Arctic climate research. IABP is a joint effort between government agencies and private organizations. More information about IAMP can be viewed here.

Supported by the Arctic Research Program, the Arctic Glider program is part of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. The Arctic Glider is a wind-powered autonomous vehicle that collects oceanic and atmospheric data in the Arctic ocean. This vehicle has the ability to stay out for months at a time, transmitting up to 2 million samples per day in real time via iridium satellite.  More information about the Arctic Glider program can be viewed here.

US Arctic Observing Network (US AON)-  The US Arctic Observing Network (US AON) is a collaborative organization focused on promoting sustained Arctic observing across national and international levels. Contributing to a continuous goal of Arctic research and cooperation, the US AON seeks to fully understand the Arctic and Earth system. More information about US AON can be viewed here.

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