Ten months after its first meeting, the five-member U.S. Arctic Research Commission (ARC) has begun with the tough task of recommending priorities as a basis for the comprehensive 5-year Arctic Research Plan mandated by the 1984 Research and Policy Act (Eos, August 27, 1985, p. 617). The first phase of this task was accomplished with the preparation of a document entitled “National Needs and Arctic Research: A Framework for Action” [Arctic Research Commission, 1986]. The priorities for broad, overall research thrusts recommended therein were presented publicly to the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (Eos, August 27, 1985, p. 617) and will be discussed in this article. The opinions in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Arctic Research Commission.
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