Arctic Research Consortium of the United States

Welcome to the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States!

ARCUS is a catalyst for interdisciplinary thinking, acting, and education leading to the development of highly collaborative partnerships.

The Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) was formed in 1988 to identify and bring together the distributed human and facilities resources of the Arctic research community—to create a synergy for the Arctic in which each resource, when combined with others, can result in a strength that enables the community to rise to the many challenges facing the Arctic. ARCUS members join in a common purpose of advancing knowledge of the Arctic through science, technology, indigenous knowledge, and other forms of knowing; promoting the application of this knowledge to circumpolar Arctic problems; and addressing in concert those questions that require the collaborative skills and resources of scientists, engineers, indigenous knowledge holders, and others throughout the world. ARCUS provides a mechanism for the Arctic community to complement the advisory roles of other national organizations that are concerned with the Arctic, such as the U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC), the Polar Research Board (PRB), and the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC). ARCUS collaborates with international Arctic organizations, such as the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the Arctic Council and its scientific working groups, and the Association for Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS).

ARCUS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, member-focused corporation serving the global Arctic research community. Academic, research, government, indigenous, and corporate organizations are eligible for membership in ARCUS, as are individuals who share an interest in connecting and advancing Arctic research. The representatives of member institutions constitute the Council of ARCUS and elect the Board of Directors.

As an organization that brings together Arctic researchers from differing disciplines, the essential and enduring tenets of ARCUS are summarized in the values we hold:

  • Transparency
  • Community
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Knowledge-based Decision Making
  • Engagement


ARCUS Programs and Services

ARCUS has a number of programs and services that we offer to the community.

Communication Services:





Current Programs (both educational and scientific):









Meetings (in person and virtual):

ARCUS is well suited to host meetings both in-person and virtually. We have the licensing and the technology and expertise to host a variety of scientific and educational meetings.  Please contact ARCUS for details.

Social Networks:

ARCUS is on FaceBook and Twitter (@ArcticResearch).  Be sure to follow us there!



Institution Arctic Research Consortium of the United States
Country United States
Infrastructure type Research centre/institute
Disciplines Teacher training
Journalism and communication
information and archive
Management and administration
Environmental sciences
Earth sciences
Information technology and computing
Natural environments and wildlife
Language of operation English
Keywords teachingresearch planningeducationdata sharingcryospherecommunitiescommunicationcollaborationclimate scienceclimate changecircumpolar regioncircumpolar


ARCUS office hours are Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM Alaska Time

Staff can be reached at or by calling +1, 907.474.1600

Contact information

The ARCUS headquarters are located in Fairbanks, Alaska at:
3535 College Road, Suite 101
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-3710 USA
Phone: 907-474-1600
Fax: 907-474-1604

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