The Arctic Domain Awareness Centre (ADAC) has been opened by the Science and Technology Directorate of the US Department of Homeland Security.
It is a new initiative designed to better prepare and respond to emergencies in the Arctic region, and to further the understanding of the Arctic environment. It is based at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and works with 16 other universities, institutions and industry partners.
Climate change has given navigation, oil exploration and tourism, alongside variable sea ice, storms, geopolitics and coastal erosion enhanced importance. It is hoped that the ADAC will set a benchmark for other Arctic nations.
Key project areas include:
- Arctic sea ice and storm surge modelling
- Integrated Intelligent System of Systems (IISOS) for maritime situational awareness and response support in uncertain arctic environments
- Community Based Observer Networks (CBONS)
- New low-cost wireless sensors for Arctic monitoring
Image credit: NASA Goddard Flight Centre