The Arctic is in a state of accelerated change caused by global climate shifts. This dynamic environment opens new opportunities and challenges for policy makers and those responsible for resource management. The U.S. government and the State of Alaska have set forth strategic priorities to address these unique challenges. The documents and publications below provide context for a greater understanding of these priorities:

The North Slope Science Initiative and its member organizations are active in several forums of the Arctic Council. NSSI co-chairs the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program under the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group, the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council. The CBMP provides the opportunity to harmonize monitoring programs in terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine environments to provide a more comprehensive slate of information and analyses for decision makers. This coordination also facilitates more rapid detection, communication, and response to the significant biodiversity-related trends and pressure affecting the Arctic.