ARCSS Program | Communities of Practice

Over the past several years, the ARCSS Committee (AC) has worked with the National Science Foundation ARCSS Program to develop a process to facilitate a focus on system-level research and to foster stronger interdisciplinary collaboration.

As part of this effort the ARCSS Committee is encouraging the formation of Communities of Practice (Co-oPs), groups of researchers organized around a set of arctic system science questions. Co-oPs will not be organized by formal infrastructure, membership, or duties, but will be able to receive a nominal level of support (as funding allows) to facilitate communications, such as teleconferences, website resources, and similar assistance from the ARCSS SMO.

  • For more information about Communities of Practice, click here.
  • Click here for a diagram and text description of the ARCSS science planning process, which is centered around the development of Communities of Practice.

The ARCSS Committee is inviting members and groups of the arctic research community to initiate ARCSS Co-oPs through submission of a short online concept paper:

  • Initiate an ARCSS Co-oP through submission of a one-page concept paper. Click here for the online form.
  • Click here to browse submitted Co-oP concept papers.

As ARCSS Communities of Practice are developed, additional information will be available through this webpage.

The Near-Surface Processes Co-oP, chaired by Andrea Lloyd, submitted a prospectus focused on exploring how changing surface conditions (ice, snow, vegetation, infra-structure, human patterns of population) affect the linkages between arctic system components. A small writing group met in December 2006 to draft an implementation plan entitled "Surface Transformations in the Arctic Environment (STATE)". The latest documents are available through the links below.


######### STATE Implementation Documents (392 KB)


######### Near-Surface Processes Prospectus (456 KB)

######### Near-Surface Processes Member List (28 KB)