Arctic-FROST: Arctic FRontiers Of SusTainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $749,875 to the University of Northern Iowa for support of the project entitled “Arctic-FROST: Arctic FRontiers Of SusTainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North” under the direction of Dr. Andrey Petrov, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography. Arctic-FROST is based at the ARCTICenter housed in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Effectively, UNI serves as the national focal center of sustainability science research in the Arctic for the next five years. Arctic-FROST builds international interdisciplinary collaborative network that teams together environmental and social scientists, local educators and community members from all circumpolar countries to enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development, specifically aimed at improving health, human development and well-being of Arctic communities while conserving ecosystem structures, functions and resources under changing climate conditions. It is first U.S.-based circumpolar initiative of this kind and magnitude after the International Polar Year (2007-08). The purpose of the project is to contribute to conceptual, applied and educational aspects of sustainability science about the Arctic and beyond.

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