Full Title: Arctic Matters: The Global Connection to Changes in the Arctic
Author(s): National Research Council
Publisher(s): National Research Council of the National Academies
Publication Date: January 1, 2015
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This booklet is intended to introduce the Arctic to those unfamiliar with the importance of this remarkable place in the past, present, and future of our planet. It draws from a collection of peer-reviewed reports of the National Research Council, the operational arm of the non-profit U.S. National Academy of Sciences and U.S. National
Academy of Engineering that provides independent advice on issues of science and technology, as well as from other national and international reports. These reports collectively represent authoritative assessments prepared and reviewed by independent experts, including leaders in climate and atmospheric sciences, environmental science, oceanography, ecology, defense, business, anthropology, and many other fields.
The National Research Council developed this booklet, in recognition of the United States becoming Chair of the Arctic Council for the 2015–2017 term, to provide a primer on the complex ways in which the Arctic and its diverse people, resources, and environment affect us all — in short, why the Arctic matters.