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December 16, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on Release of IARPC Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026

(Dallas, TX)—Yesterday, the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) released the Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026. The IARPC Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026 addresses the most pressing Arctic research needs that require a collaborative approach and can advance understanding of the Arctic and climate change, inform policy and planning decisions, and promote the well-being of Arctic and global communities. The priorities of the Arctic Research Plan were identified by Arctic communities, federal agencies, the state of Alaska, Tribal and Indigenous communities, and other organizations.

“The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee’s (IARPC) Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026 is critical to informing how we move forward with our research efforts in the Arctic,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “Ensuring U.S. leadership with a strong research presence in the Arctic is absolutely critical as we work to address the climate crisis from all fronts. The rate of warming in the Arctic is twice as fast as the rest of the earth—we need a robust and equitable plan to advance our scientific understanding of these rapid changes and their impacts on Indigenous communities, biodiversity, food security, and extreme weather events. Collaboration and partnerships between Indigenous organizations, federal science agencies, academia, Arctic communities, international partners, and others is key. As Chairwoman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, I look forward to continuing to support research efforts in the Arctic and working with our federal science agencies, Indigenous communities, and our non-federal partners as we move forward with this bold plan.”