The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is a non-governmental, international scientific organization. The IASC mission is to encourage and facilitate cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research, in all countries engaged in Arctic research and in all areas of the Arctic region. Overall, IASC promotes and supports leading-edge multi-disciplinary research in order to foster a greater scientific understanding of the Arctic region and its role in the Earth system.
To achieve this mission IASC:
» Initiates, coordinates and promotes scientific activities at a circumarctic or international level;
» Provides mechanisms and instruments to support science development;
» Provides objective and independent scientific advice on issues of science in the Arctic and communicates scientific information to the public;
» Seeks to ensure that scientific data and information from the Arctic are safeguarded, freely exchangeable and accessible;
» Promotes international access to all geographic areas and the sharing of knowledge, logistics and other resources;
» Provides for the freedom and ethical conduct of science;
» Promotes and involves the next generation of scientists working in the Arctic; and
» Promotes bipolar cooperation through interaction with relevant science organizations.