ABOUT ISAC: The International Study of Arctic Change

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Welcome to the International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC)!

ISAC is an Arctic environmental change program initiated in 2003 by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Arctic Ocean Sciences Board. ISAC's vision is one of timely, relevant, and accessible scientific information for responding to rapid change in circumpolar regions. ISAC is an open-ended, international, interdisciplinary Arctic environmental change program. To succeed, ISAC requires observation and tracking of shifting Arctic conditions, processes and ecosystems, understanding of the nature and drivers of such changes, and building knowledge on the feedbacks, interconnections and impacts within and beyond polar regions.

ISAC encompasses pan-Arctic, system-scale, multidisciplinary observations, synthesis and modelling to provide an integrated understanding of Arctic change and projections of future change. The ISAC Science Plan provides a vision for integrating research and applications among diverse fields and varied users and stakeholders. ISAC is motivated by environmental changes that are already large enough to affect life for Northern communities, biodiversity, ecosystems, and regions within and outside the Arctic. Future system states are uncertain and the lack of predictability hinders efforts to develop strategies for adapting to and managing a changing Arctic.