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Cooperative Institute for Arctic Research

Cooperative Institute for Arctic Research
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The Cooperative Institute for Arctic Research (CIFAR) was established through a Memorandum of Understanding between NOAA and the University of Alaska in April 1994. It is one of thirteen national NOAA-University joint institutes; CIFAR is the only joint institute exclusively concerned with arctic research. We work closely with the NOAA Office of Arctic Research and the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL). Our partnerships with NOAA also include the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the National Ocean Service (NOS), and an emerging relationship with the National Weather Service. CIFAR is designed to be a focal point for interactions between NOAA and the arctic research community through the University of Alaska for research related to NOAA's interests, especially in the Western Arctic/Bering Sea region. This area, vital to many nations because of its fisheries, oil and gas resources and its Native communities, is also the focus of increased international attention and research. While uncertainties exist about the future, changes in the region during the past few decades have occurred at a rapid pace. Both natural environmental fluctuations and human activities have caused biological changes in the Bering Sea ecosystem. On land and in the sea, substantial climate warming has taken place and this has led to major changes in this high-latitude environment with societal impacts that will become even more pronounced if present climatic trends continue.
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