Environmental, Geopolitical Change in the Arctic


  • Randy Showstack


With climate change rapidly transforming environmental and geopolitical conditions in the Arctic region, scientists and policy makers are calling for improved science observation capabilities and more attention to the region.

“We do not have a satisfactory observational capability in the Arctic, on the ground, using aircraft, or using satellites and spaceborne instruments,” said Martin Jeffries, program director of the Arctic Observing Network in the U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF) Office of Polar Programs. He was one of the speakers at the 9 June Forum on Earth Observations IV, held in Washington, D.C. He noted that many U.S. federal agencies are engaged in data gathering and that NSF is working with some agencies to develop an interagency Arctic observing network.