Arctic Conservation engages in numerous scientific activities to support our conservation campaigns throughout the Arctic. These include original fieldwork, innovative analyses of existing data, and the sharing of scientific findings with a range of audiences.

Arctic Conservation Major Science Projects

Arctic Conservation U.S.

Report: Arctic Standards: Recommendations on Oil Spill Prevention, Response, and Safety for the U.S. Arctic Ocean
September 2013

This report, prepared for The Pew Charitable Trusts, provides detailed recommendations for the U.S. Department of the Interior to adopt world-class, Arctic-specific regulatory standards for oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in the U.S. Arctic Ocean. Find out more »

Report: Traditional Knowledge and the Arctic Environment
August 2013

This paper, prepared for The Pew Charitable Trusts, discusses how traditional knowledge has been used in various settings and makes suggestions for what more can be done. Find out more »

Brief: Anthropogenic Sound and Marine Mammals in the Arctic: Increases in Man-Made Noises Pose New Challenges
July 2013

This paper, prepared for The Pew Charitable Trusts, looks at how man-made sounds from ship engines, seismic surveys, and drilling machinery overlap with and may interfere with sounds produced and received by marine mammals. Find out more »

Analysis: Evaluation of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Alaska Annual Studies Plan
January 2013

This analysis provides an evaluation of BOEM's 2012 Alaska Annual Studies Plan. Topics examined include monitoring, integration of science, documenting cumulative effects and building development scenarios. Find out more »

Brief: Sea Ice Conditions in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas
November 2012

This paper, prepared for The Pew Charitable Trusts, examines the marked differences in the character of sea ice in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Find out more »

Brief: The Chukchi Sea Food Web
November 2012

Studies of the Chukchi Sea food web suggest that it could be slow to recover from oil spills and other disturbances, according to this paper prepared for The Pew Charitable Trusts. Find out more » 

Brief: Summary of Marine Subsistence Uses
October 2012

This Pew-commissioned summary discusses marine subsistence hunting and harvesting by residents of Barrow and Wainwright, two primarily Inupiat communities on Alaska’s North Slope. Such uses are cause for concern, given increased interest in offshore oil and gas exploration in the U.S. Arctic Ocean.

Open Letter: Scientists Urge the Obama Administration to Close Science Gaps
January 2012

More than 500 distinguished U.S. and international scientists signed an open letter urging the Obama administration to follow through on its stated commitment to science by acting on recommendations by the U.S. Geological Survey. Find out more »

Analysis: Closing U.S. Arctic Ocean Science Gaps
September 2011

More research is needed to guide conservation and development decisions in America’s Arctic Ocean, according to a new white paper authored by 14 scientists and commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Ocean Conservancy. Find out more »

Report: Oil Spill Prevention and Response in the U.S. Arctic Ocean: Unexamined Risks, Unacceptable Consequences
November 2010

Government and industry oil spill response plans fail to account for the region’s remoteness and harsh conditions and fail to protect the fragile Arctic marine ecosystems and food webs that support walrus, polar bears, and other marine mammals found nowhere else in the United States.
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Arctic Conservation Canada

Study: Hudson Bay Beluga Monitoring Project Launched
July 2013

The completion of year two of a three-year project studying how beluga whales use three estuaries in western Hudson Bay. Year two of the monitoring project took place in July 2013 with a boat-based survey to document the density of belugas and their use of the habitat. Find out more »

Open Letter: Scientists Urge Arctic Leaders to Protect Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean
April 2012

More than 2,000 scientists from 67 countries signed an open letter urging Arctic leaders to develop an international agreement to protect fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean.
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Report: Becoming Arctic-Ready
September 2011

Canada’s system of regulating and licensing offshore oil and gas development requires major reforms to protect the Arctic region and its people from environmental harm, a report by The Pew Charitable Trusts has found.
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Expedition: Arctic Whale Survey
June-July 2011

Oceans North Canada led an Arctic science expedition off Greenland’s west coast. During the monthlong voyage, a team that included two scientists and an Inuk hunter collected new data about Arctic whales.
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Report: Arctic Treasure: Global Assets Melting Away
February 2010

This report, released during the G-7 finance ministers’ meeting in Iqaluit, Nunavut, for the first time quantified the global cost of the Arctic’s declining ability to cool the climate, indicating that the rapid melting of the region could carry a minimum price tag of US $2.4 trillion by 2050.
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Arctic Conservation International

Analysis: The International Waters of the Central Arctic Ocean, Life in an Emerging Ocean
April 2013

The first marine spatial analysis of biological knowledge about the Central Arctic Ocean, prepared by The Pew Charitable Trusts, presents existing knowledge compiled from Arctic countries and points to the need for additional research. Find out more »

Analysis: The International Waters of the Central Arctic Ocean, Protecting Fisheries in an Emerging Ocean
March 2013

The international waters of the Central Arctic Ocean are opening to commercial fishing for the first time in human history as permanent ice melts. These waters, encompassing an area as big as the Mediterranean Sea, are not governed by a fisheries agreement. This booklet explains why such an accord is needed to close this region to commercial fishing until scientific knowledge and management measures can ensure a sustainable fishery. Find out more »