A5 Arctic five (US, Canada, Denmark, Russia, Norway)
AAA Antarctic Astronomy and Astrophysics
AAC Arctic Athabaskan Council
AANDC Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
AARI Arctic Antarctic Research Institute
AC Arctic Council
ACAP Arctic Contaminants Action Program (Arctic Council Working Group)
ACBio Arctic Coastal Biodiversity
ACCO-NET Arctic Circumpolar Coastal Observatory Network
ACD Arctic Coastal Dynamics
ACE Arctic Climate Evolution
ACIA Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
ADD International Arctic Environmental Data Directory
ADMAP Antarctic Digital Magnetic Anomaly Project
AEPS Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy
AFoPS Asian Forum for Polar Science
AG Action Group
AGCS Antarctica in the Global Climate System
AHDR Arctic Human Development Report
AHDR II Arctic Human Development Report II
AHHEG Arctic Human Health Expert Group
AMAP Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (Arctic Council Working Group)
AMD Antarctic Master Directory
AMSA Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment
AMSP Arctic Marine Strategic Plan
ANTPAS Antarctic and sub-Antarctic Permafrost, Periglacial and Soil Environments
ANWR Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
AO Arctic Oscillation
AOMIP Arctic Ocean Model Intercomparison Project
AON Arctic Observing Network
AOR Arctic Ocean Review
AOSB Arctic Ocean Science Board
APECS Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
APEX Arctic Palaeoclimate and its Extremes
ARCMIP Arctic Regional Climate Model Intercomparison Project
Arctic-HYDRA Arctic Hydrological Cycle Monitoring, Modelling and Assessment Program
ARCUS Arctic Research Consortium of the United States
ASSW Arctic Science Summit Week
ATCM Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings
ATS Antarctic Treaty System
AWI Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
AWPPA Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act
BAT Best Available Techniques
BEAC Barents Euro Arctic Council
BEAR Barents Euro Arctic Region
BEP Best Environmental Practice
BipAG Joint Bipolar Action Group
BIS Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (UK)
BP British Petroleum
CAA Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration
CAA Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration
CAFF Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (Arctic Council Working Group)
CALM Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring
CAML Census of Antarctic Marine Life
CAPP Carbon Pools in Permafrost Region
CAPS Circumpolar Active-Layer Permafrost System
CARC Canadian Arctic Resources Committee
CARCMIP Coupled Arctic Regional Climate Model Intercomparison Project
CARMA Circum-Arctic Rangifer Monitoring and Assessment Program
CAT-B Circum-Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Initiative
CAVM Circum-Arctic Vegetation Map
CBD Convention on Biological Diversity
CBSS Council of the Baltic Sea States
CCAMLR Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
CCGS Canadian Coast Guard Ship
CEA Centre d‘Etudes Arctiques
CEARC Centre Européen Arctique
CEON Circum-Arctic Environmental Observatories Network
CFP Common Fisheries Policy
CICERO Center for International and Environmental Research
CIDA Canadian International Development Agency
CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
CLCS Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf
CliC Climate in the Cryosphere
CLIVAR Climate Variability and Predictability
CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)
COMAAR Co-ordination of Observation and Monitoring of the Arctic for Assessment and Research
COMNAP Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs
COP15 15th Conference of Parties (to the Kyoto Protocol)
CORE Centre for Offshore Research & Engineering
CP Le Cercle Polaire
CPAR Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region
CRDF U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation
CReSIS Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets
CRREL U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center's Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab
DAMOCLES Developing Arctic Modeling and Observing Capabilities for Longterm Environmental Studies
DC Davis Corridor
DECC Department of Energy and Climate Change (UK)
DEFRA Department for Food and Rural Affairs (UK)
DFAIT Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada)
DND Department of National Defence (Canada)
DWT Dead Weight Tonnes
EBA Evolution of Biodiversity in Antarctica
EBM Ecosystem Based Management
EC European Commission
EC European Community
ECS Early Career Scientist
EEZ Exclusive Economic Zone
EFTA European Free Trade Agreement
EGPPE Expert Group on Permafrost and Periglacial Environments
EIA Environmental Impact Assessment
EMSO Europian Multi-disciplinary Seafloor Observation
ENGO Environmental Non Governmental Organizations
EOC Education, Outreach and Communication
EoI Expression of Interest
EP European Parliament
EPB European Polar Board
EPICA European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica
EPPR Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response
ERP Event-Related Potentials
ESF European Science Foundation
ESFRI European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures
EU European Union
EUFAR European Fleet for Airborne Research
EU-ICEMASS European Response of Arctic Ice Masses to Climate Change
EUSCO European Science Coordination Office
EU-SPICE Space-borne Measurements of Arctic Glaciers and Implications for Sea Level
FARO Forum of Arctic Research Operators
FC Fram Corridor
FCO UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
FP7 European Commission Seventh Framework Programme
FP8 European Commission Eight Framework Programme
FPSO Floating Production Storage and Offloading
GCM General Circulation Model
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GEF Global Environmental Facilities
GEGA Groupe d‘Etude sur la Gouvernance Arctique (France)
GIANT Geodetic Infrastructure of Antarctica
GIS Geographic Information System
GPS Global Positioning System
HAIS Heads of Arctic and Antarctic IPY 2007-2008 Secretariats
HARC Human Dimension of the Arctic System
HDI Human Development Index
iAOOS Integrated Arctic Ocean Observing System
IARC International Arctic Research Center
IARPC Interagency Arctic Research and Policy Committee
IASC International Arctic Science Committee
IASOA International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere
IASSA International Arctic Social Science Association
IBP International Biological Program
IBSCO International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean
ICARP International Conference on Arctic Research Planning
ICC Inuit Circumpolar Council
ICESTAR Interhemispheric Conjugacy in Solar-Terrestrial and Aeronomy Research
ICG International Contract Group
ICPM International Commission on Polar Meteorology
ICSU International Council for Science
IEA International Energy Agency
IGO Intergovernmental Organization
IGOS Intergrated Global Observing Strategy
IGPB International Geosphere Biosphere Program
IHDP International Human Dimensions Program on Global Environmental Change
ILO International Labour Organisation
IMAU Institute for Marine Atmospheric Research Utrecht
IMO International Maritime Organisation
IMS Internet Map Serving
INSROP International Northern Sea Route Programme
INTAS International Association for the Promotion of Co-operation with Scientists from the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union
IODP International Ocean Drilling Program
IPA International Permafrost Association
IPAB International Program of Antarctic Buoys
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change
IPEV L'Institut polaire française Paul-Emile Victor
IPICS International Partnerships in Ice Core Science
IPIECA International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association
IPO International Program Office
IPS Indigenous Peoples Secretariat
IPY International Polar Year
IPY JC International Polar Year Joint Committee
IPYDIS International Polar Year Data and Information Service
IR International Relations
ISA International Seabed Authority
ISAC International Study of Arctic Change
ISIRA International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic
ISMASS Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level
ITC Inuit Tapirisat of Canada
ITEX International Tundra Experiment
ITK Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
IUCN International Union for the Conservation of Nature
IUCP International University Course on Permafrost
JAMSTEC Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
JANSROP Japan Northern Sea Route Programme
JARE Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition
JAXA Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
JCADM Joint SCAR/COMNAP Committee on Antarctic Data Mangement
JCAR Japan Consortium for Arctic Environmental Research
JOGMEC Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corporation
LME Large Marine Ecosystem
LNG Liquefied Natural Gas
LOICS Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone
LOIRA Land-Ocean Interactions in the Russian Arctic
LTO Long-term Observing
MA Millenium Ecosystem Assessment
MAGICS Mass Balance of Arctic Glaciers and Ice Sheets in Relation to the Climate and Sea-level Changes
MARPOL Convention on the Prevention of Pollution by Ships
MAST Map of Sediment Thickness
MEP Member of European Parliament
MFA Ministry of Foreign Affairs
MMPA Marine Mammals Protection Act (USA)
MoU Memorandum of Understanding
MP Member of Parliament
MPA Maritime and Port Authority
MT Metric Tonnes
NAFO Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization
NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement
NARSEC Network on Arctic Rapid Social-Ecological Change
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASCO North American Science Coordination Office
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
ND Northern Dimension (EU)
NDFP Northern Dimension of Canadian Foreign Policy
NEAFC North East Atlantic Fisheries Convention
NEP Northeast Passage
NERC Natural Environment Research Council (UK)
NGO Non-Governmental Organization
NICOP Ninth International Conference on Permafrost
NILU Norwegian Institute for Air Research
NIPR National Institute of Polar Research (Japan)
NMC Northern Maritime Corridor
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NORA Nordic Atlantic Cooperation
NORAD North American Air Defence Command
NORDEFCO Nordic Defense Cooperation
NPC Northern Pacific Corridor
NRF Northern Research Forum
NSIDC National Snow and Ice Data Center
NSR Northern Sea Route
NWP Northwest Passage
NWT Northwest Territories
OECD Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
OGA Oil and Gas Assessment
OME Offshore and Marine Engineering
OPRC International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response
OPRF Ocean Policy Research Foundation (Japan)
OSPAR Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the
PA Polar Ambassador
PAG Pacific Arctic Group
PAME Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (Arctic Council Working Group)
PAN Polar Archeology Network
PAP People‘s Action Party (Singapore)
PI Principle Investigator
PM Prime Minister
PMO Prime Minister‘s Office
POPs Persistent Organic Pollutants
PP Permanent Participants
PTS Persistent Toxic Substances
PYRN Permafrost Young Researchers Network
RAIPON Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North
RAISE Russian-American Initiative on Shelf-Land Environments
RAS Russian Academy of Sciences
RB Regional Board
RCN Research Council of Norway
RFE Russian Far East
RFMO Regional Fisheries Management Organization
SALE Sub Glacial Antarctic Lake Exploration
SAM Survey of Arctic Meetings
SAO Senior Arctic Official
SAON Sustaining Arctic Observation Network
SAON-IG Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks - Initiating Group
SAR Search and Rescue
SC Steering Committee
SCANNET Scandinavian and Northern Europian Network of Terrestrial Field Bases
SCAR Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
SCO Science Coordination Office
SCOR Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research
SCPAR Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region
SDF Japan Maritime Self Defense Force
SDWG Sustainable Development Working Group (Arctic Council)
SEARCH Study of Environmental Arctic Change
SFT Norwegian Pollution Control Authority
SIKU Sea Ice Knowledge and Use in the North
SIPRI Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
SMC Singapore‘s Maritime Cluster
SNACS Study of the North Alaska Coastal System
SNP Scottish National Party
SOE State Owned Enterprises
SOF Ship and Ocean Foundation
SOLAS Safety of Life at Sea (IMO)
SOOS Southern Ocean Observing System
SPRS Swedish Polar Research Secretariat
SRP Scientific Research Program
SSF Svalbard Science Forum
SSG Scientific Steering Group
STCW Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers
SWIPA Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic
TAWEPI THORPEX Arctic Weather and Environmental Prediction Initiative
THORPEX The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment
TNC Transnational Corporations
TPP Trans Polar Passage
TSP Thermal State of Permafrost
TSR Transpolar Sea Route
TTI Tundra Taiga Interface
U.S. NSF United States National Science Foundation
U.S. PRB United States Polar Research Board
UAF University of Alaska Fairbanks
UArctic University of the Arctic
UDHR Universal Declaration on Human Rights
UIT University of Tromsø
UN United Nations
UNCCD United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
UNCED United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
UNCLOS United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UNDP United Nations Development Programme
UNDRIP United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
UNECE United Nations European Economic Commission for Europe
UNEP United Nations Environment Program
UNEP-WCMC United Nations Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Centre
UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNIS University of Svalbard
USGS United States Geological Survey
USNC for IPY United States National Committee for the International Polar Year 2007-2008
WCED World Commission on Environment and Development
WCRP World Climate Research Program
WDGF Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation
WMD Weapons of Mass Destruction
WMO World Meteorological Organization
WWF World Wide Fund for Nature