IARPC Releases 2022 Biennial Implementation Plan for Arctic Research


In December 2021 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026. The plan is a vision document written by the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), an agency that coordinates activities by sixteen federal agencies. For context see our visualization of the US Arctic policy ecosystem.

The plan is intended to facilitate and align activities between the constituent agencies, and is essentially an organized representation of work already being done. It organizes the research efforts of the agencies into the four priority areas of communities, systems, economies, and risk management. These are supported by five foundational activities in the areas of data, capacity, modeling, indigenous participation, and technology.

The four priority areas and five foundational activities, as well as an additional seventeen communities of practice, are each supported by a collaboration team that is open to participation by qualified contributors. The 2022-2026 plan is supported by Biennial Implementation Plans, the first of which was released in November 2022 and covers 2022-2024. The Implementation Plans contain detailed lists of research efforts, organized by the four priority areas and five foundational activities.

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