Developing and Strengthening Partnerships

U.S. Arctic Research Commission at UMaine, March 23 - 24

UMaine Arctic Announcement:

Join us March 23 – 24, 2020 at the University of Maine

image of Arctic Ocean and mountainsThe U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC) will host its 113th public meeting on March 24, 2020 at the University of Maine from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Buchanan Alumni House.

The USARC meeting in Orono, the first ever held in the state, will focus on Arctic research conducted by scientists in Maine and the region, and how the federal government can help advance that work in support of national priorities. The meeting will inform the Commission’s next report to the White House and Congress, “Report on Goals and Objectives for Arctic Research 2021–2022.”

Read more about this event in the full announcement.


Welcome to the UMaine Arctic

The purpose of the UMaine Arctic is to bring together people on our campus with an interest in the high latitudes. At the same time, we seek develop and strengthen partnerships with other institutions and individuals in the region. In particular, we participate in the New England Arctic Network, which operates as a regional hub for institutions in New England and have been members of the University of the Arctic (UArctic), a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North, since 2015.


Mission & History

The University of Maine has a long history of engagement in the Arctic and, more broadly, the high north, from Greenland to Canada to Alaska and beyond. Our faculty and students engage in the region to study and share information about the environment, engineering, human dimensions, and government policy. Additionally, we identify the impact of changes in the Arctic on Maine and the broader region. We perform field work, train, lead educational opportunities, model physical processes and economic impact, and consult. UMaine Arctic launched in 2018 in order to enhance collaboration within the campus community and with outside partners. We value diversity in disciplines and experiences, as we identify synergies and problems we address with greater impact by working together. These include:

  • Identifying the regional and global effect of Arctic processes
  • Helping New England prepare for the impact of changes in the Arctic
  • Facilitating exchanges among students, researchers, and policy makers
  • Providing Arctic-related educational opportunities for students at UMaine and beyond
  • Providing more efficient communication about issues and opportunities related to the Arctic and its global impact
Hooke Calving Glacier
Hooke-Calving Glacier of Uummannaq, Greenland. Photo 2007