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6 October 2020

3rd Arctic Science Ministerial

The 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial have planned a couple of webinars.

This webinar series is designed to increase transparency of the Arctic Science Ministerial science process and to provide additional opportunities for scientists, Indigenous Peoples and Arctic research stakeholders to further engage with the science and proposed actions leading up to the Third Arctic Science Ministerial in Tokyo, Japan in May 2021.

30 September 2020

ArcticCouncil NorthernForum logo

In the last days the Northern Forum and the Northern Youth Forum have held an online conference and yesterday the Arctic Council started their webinar series on Arctic marine matters.

22 September 2020

Sea Ice Extent 15 September 2020 / The orange line shows the 1981 to 2010 average extent for that day.

According to the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) the Arctic sea ice extent reached its annual minimum on 15 September of 3.74 million square kilometers (1.44 million square miles).

21 September 2020

NSIDC research scientist Kevin Schaefer stands above melting ground ice in front of the Alaska pipeline on the North Slope.

The National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) published on 16 September 2020 highly alarming results from their studies on mercury concentrations in fish in Alaska´s Yukon River. The study shows that mercury concentration in fish could surpass the EPA mercury criterion by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming are not constrained. The scientific research is led by Kevin Schaefer from the NSIDC and is the first of its kind.

16 September 2020


The Icelandic Marine and Freshwater Research Instititute (MFRI) recently send its Research Vessel Árni Friðriksson out on a three-week capelin search expedition. A Greenlandic Research Vessel is also taking part in the search, which will focus on the area between Iceland and Greenland.

14 September 2020

bear carcass2

A well preserved carcass of an extinct cave bear species (Ursus spelaeus) was recently found on Bolshoy Lyakhovsky island which is the largest of the Lyakhovsky Islands belonging to the New Siberian Islands archipelago between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea in northern Russia.

6 August 2020

MAP ArcticPortal

An interesting article written by Andrey Krivorotov has now been published in the China in World and Regional Politics: History and Modernity yearbook by the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). In the article Dr. Krivorotov explores the U.S. - China relation in the North Atlantic, its potential developments and impact on Arctic countries with emphasis on Russia.

30 July 2020

Jim DeHart - New U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region

Jim DeHart has been appointed the U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region by the U.S. Department of State. He will be serving as the principal advisor to the Secretary and the Deputy Secretary on all Arctic matters.

27 July 2020

Wilson Center 50

The Wilson Center's Polar Institute will host its second edition of the Polar Week, from July 27 to 31, 2020, to explore, analyze, discuss, and inform many of these important issues and dynamics.

23 July 2020


Reminder - Call for applications: NEFU Online Arctic Summer School 2020 from July 27 - August 7, 2020
Arctic Summer School 2020 is organized by North-Eastern Federal University. The school is co-organized with the Northern Forum and will be held online from July 27 – August 7, 2020.

17 July 2020

3rd ArcticScienceMinisterial

The 3rd international meeting of the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation on Arctic research co-operation, organized in co-operation between Iceland and Japan, has been postponed due to the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic. The meeting was to be held in Tokyo, Japan on 20-21 November 2020 but will instead take place on 8-9 May 2021.