Arctic System Science

Project Description
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Arctic System Science (ARCSS) Program is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding polar processes for climate and global change. ARCSS is the only element of the U.S. Global Change Research Program specifically concerned with the arctic region. By focusing on understanding Arctic processes in great detail, investigators are better able to characterize global changes through the improvement of global-scale models and other research tools.

A major concern of the arctic research community is the availability of reliable data for research. The ARCSS Data Coordination Center (ADCC), while working with ARCSS investigators, the ARCSS Committee, Science Management Offices and NSF, is continually acquiring data and developing data products appropriate and useful for the research community. Integrating data and information from among the ARCSS ocean-based, land-based, ice core, paleoclimate and human-dimension communities is a high priority at the ADCC.

All NSIDC data, including ARCSS data, are described and available via NSIDC Data Products and Services. However, the National Center for Atmoshperic Research's (NCAR) Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) is now the primary ARCSS data site. See

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