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Tool for tracking research vessels in the Arctic is now live for the 2024 field season

An ROV is deployed off the back of USCGC Healy.
Credit: NOAA OER.

Each year, research vessels venture into Alaska and Arctic waters to collect samples, deploy and recover moorings, conduct fisheries surveys, and more. In advance of the 2024 field season, the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) is pleased to announce the launch of this year’s Planned Research Vessel Movements webpage. This community resource aims to enhance coordination between Arctic researchers and to promote transparency and provide communication pathways between local and Indigenous communities and Arctic researchers. This tool will be updated periodically throughout the year; please join the mailing list if you’d like to receive alerts when cruise information is updated. 

The planned vessel movements tool was compiled by NOAA Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program (GOMO) Knauss Fellow Allison Lepp with support from IARPC Collaborations Engagement Director Liz Weinberg and the IARPC Field Operations Community of Practice co-leads David Allen (NOAA-GOMO), Katy Smith (NSF), and Renee Crain (NSF). Entries were provided from research cruise coordinators in various federal agencies and other non-federal partners. 

On April 24, 2024 from 9-11a AKT / 1-3p ET, please join IARPC for a Pre-Field Season Meeting, where researchers will present on their upcoming field plans and sampling objectives. An open discussion will follow presentations. This meeting is open to anyone with interest in Arctic marine research, including federal and non-federal partners, local and Indigenous coastal communities, and other rights holders and stakeholders.