(Photo: GettyImages) Over the past two decades, IASC has been organizing forward-looking conferences focused on international and interdisciplinary perspectives for advancing Arctic research cooperation and applications of Arctic knowledge. In 2015, it will have been 10 years since the ICARP II and 20 years since the first ICARP in 1995.

The political and economic interests in the Arctic are already multifold what they were just 5 years ago, and consequently national funding agencies and various large companies have a marked interest in Arctic science. Consequently, new Polar/Arctic research programs are currently being developed and some have already launched.

More programs require improved coordination in order to secure the best value for funding spent. Agreeing on shared objectives, across Arctic states as well as internationally is becoming increasingly important.

The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is a non-governmental, international scientific organization. The IASC mission is to encourage and facilitate cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research, in all countries engaged in Arctic research and in all areas of the Arctic region.

Overall, IASC promotes and supports leading-edge multi-disciplinary research in order to foster a greater scientific understanding of the Arctic region and its role in the Earth system.

Click here to read the full Christmas report on IASC.