Icebergs in the Russell Fiord Wilderness, Tongass National Forest, near Yakutat, Alaska. Photo by Howie Garber.
About the Journal
Arctic Research of the United States
is for people and organizations interestedin learning about U.S. Government-financedArctic research activities. It is published semi-annually (spring and fall) by the National ScienceFoundation on behalf of the Interagency ArcticResearch Policy Committee (IARPC). TheInteragency Committee was authorized under theArctic Research and Policy Act (ARPA) of 1984(PL 98-373) and established by Executive Order12501 (January 28, 1985). Publication of the jour-nal has been approved by the Office of Manage-ment and Budget.
contains• Reports on current and planned U.S. Govern-ment-sponsored research in the Arctic;• Reports of IARPC meetings; and• Summaries of other current and plannedArctic research, including that of the State of Alaska, local governments, the private sec-tor, and other nations.
is aimed at national and inter-national audiences of government officials, scien-tists, engineers, educators, private and publicgroups, and residents of the Arctic. The emphasisis on summary and survey articles covering U.S.Government-sponsored or -funded research rath-er than on technical reports, and the articles areintended to be comprehensible to a nontechnicalaudience. Although the articles go through thenormal editorial process, manuscripts are notrefereed for scientific content or merit since the journal is not intended as a means of reportingscientific research. Articles are generally invitedand are reviewed by agency staffs and others asappropriate.As indicated in the U.S. Arctic Research Plan,research is defined differently by different agen-cies. It may include basic and applied research,monitoring efforts, and other information-gatheringactivities. The definition of Arctic according to theARPA is “all United States and foreign territorynorth of the Arctic Circle and all United Statesterritory north and west of the boundary formedby the Porcupine, Yukon, and Kuskokwim Rivers;all contiguous seas, including the Arctic Oceanand the Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi Seas; andthe Aleutian chain.” Areas outside of the bound-ary are discussed in the journal when consideredrelevant to the broader scope of Arctic research.Issues of the journal will report on Arctictopics and activities. Included will be reports of conferences and workshops, university-basedresearch and activities of state and local govern-ments and public, private and resident organiza-tions. Unsolicited nontechnical reports onresearch and related activities are welcome.Address correspondence to Editor,
, Arctic Research and Policy Staff,Office of Polar Programs, National ScienceFoundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington,VA 22230.