AAA Astronomy and Astrophysics in Antarctica
AACA Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic
ABC Arctic Biodiversity Coalition
AC Arctic Council
ACA Arctic Change Assessment
ACCE Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment
ACCESS Arctic Climate Change Economy and Society
ACCOnet Arctic Circumpolar Coastal Observatory Network
ACD Arctic Coastal Dynamics
ACEX Arctic Coring Expedition
ACIA Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
ACSNet Arctic Climate System Network
ACSYS Arctic Climate System Study
ADAPT Arctic Development and Adaptation to Permafrost
ADC Arctic Data Committee
AFS Arctic Freshwater Synthesis
AFWG Arctic Fisheries Working Group
AGG Action Group on Geosciences
AGU American Geophysical Union
AHDR Arctic Human Development Report
AHHEG Arctic Human Health Experts Group
AIA Aleut International Association
AIDA Atmospheric Investigations on a Drifting observatory over the Arctic Ocean
AMAP Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme
AnT-ERA Antarctic Thresholds - Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation
AntClim21 Antarctic Climate Change in the 21st Century
AntEco State of the Antarctic Ecosystem
AntETR Antarctic Ecosystems: Adaptations, Thresholds and Resilience
AOD Aerosol Optical Depth
AODS Arctic Ocean Drift Study
AOS Arctic Observing Summit
AOSB Arctic Ocean Sciences Board
APECS Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
APEX Arctic Palaeoclimate and its Extremes
APRI Austrian Polar Research Institute
ARCDIV NET Network for ARCtic Climate and Biological DIVersity Studies
ARCHES Arctic Hydrology and Earth System Processes
ARCUS Arctic Research Consortium of the US
ARR Arctic Resilience Report
ART Arctic in Rapid Transition
ASI Arctic Social Indicators
ASSW Arctic Science Summit Week
ASTER Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer
ATCM Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
AVA Arctic Vegetation Archive
AWG Atmosphere Workign Group
AWI Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research


BEST Bering Ecosystem Study
BipAG Bipolar Action Group


C-GTOS Coastal Global Terrestrial Observing System
CAFF Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna
CALE Circum-Arctic Lithosphere Evolution
CALM Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring
CAML Census of Antarctic Marine Life
CBMP Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program
CCMVal Climate – chemistry model validation
CEFAS Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
CHARS Canadian High Arctic Research Station
CHRN Circumpolar Health Research Network
CliC Climate and Cryosphere Project
CLIVAR Climate Variability and Predictability Program
CMIP Coupled Model Intercomparison Project
COMNAP Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs
CON Committee on Observations and Networks
COP15 Fifteenth Conference of Parties
COPES Coordinated Observation and Prediction of the Earth System
CPE Comité Polar Español
CryOS Cryosphere Observing System
CSA Canadian Space Agency
CSIC Spanish National Research Council
CVII Commission on Volcano Ice Interactions
CWG Cryosphere Working Group


DACA-13 Davos Atmospheric and Cryospheric Assembly 2013
DBO Distributed Biological Observatory


EAI Exo-Atmospheric lunar Irradiance
ECORD European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling
ECS Early Career Scientists
ECV Essential Climate Variables
EEA European Environmental Agency
EGU European Geophysical Union
EIWG Extractive Industries Working Group
EOC Education, Outreach and Communication
EPB European Polar Board
ERICON European Research Icebreaker Consortium
ESA European Space Agency
ESF European Science Foundation
ESM Earth System Models
ESRI European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures
ESSAS Ecosystem Studies of Sub-Arctic Seas
EU European Union
EUCOP European Conference on Permafrost


FARO Forum of Arctic Research Operators
FMI Finnish Meteorological Institute
FRISP Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes


GAPHAZ Glacier And Permafrost HAZards in mountains
GCI Gwich'in Council International
GCM Global Climate Model
GCOS Global Climate Observing System
GDEM Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM)
GEO Group on Earth Observations Geological Survey
GEOTOP Quebec inter-university network on advanced studies and research in geosciences
GEUS Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
GFCS Global Framework for Climate Services
GGD Global Geocryological Database
GIA Glacial Isostatic Adjustment
GIC Glacier and Ice Cap
GICAC Glaciers and Ice Cap Assessment Consortium
GIN Greenland-Iceland-Norwegian seas
GLACIODYN Dynamic Response of Arctic Glaciers to Global Warming
GLIMS Global Land Ice Measurements from Space
GOOS Global Ocean Observing System
GRACE Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment
GRASP The Greenland Analogue Surface System Project
GRISO Greenland Ice Sheet-Ocean Interactions
GROCE Greenland Ice Sheet / Ocean Interaction
GSR Quaternary Science Reviews
GTN-G Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers
GTN-P Global Terrestrial Network on Permafrost
GTOS Global Terrestrial Observing System


HERMIONE Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man‘s Impact On European Seas


IACS International Association of Cryospheric Sciences
IAI International Antarctic Institute
IAMAS Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
iAOOS integrated Arctic Ocean Observing System
IASC International Arctic Science Committee
IAPSO International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans
IASSA International Arctic Social Sciences Association
ICAM International Continental Arctic Margins
ICARP International Conference on Arctic Research Planning
ICEHUS Ice Age Development and Human Settlement in Northern Eurasia
ICASS International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences
ICEMASS Response of Arctic Ice Masses to Climate Change
ICES International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
ICSIH The International Commission for Snow and Ice Hydrology
ICSU International Council for Science
IG Initiating Group
IGY International Geophysical Year
IHP International Hydrological Programme
INCHR International Network for Circumpolar Health Research
INTERACT International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic
INAC Indian and Northern A"airs Canada
INVEST New Ventures in Exploring Scienti!c Targets
IODP Integrated Ocean Drilling Program
IPA International Permafrost Association
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
IPD International Polar Decade
IPY International Polar Year
IPY IPO International Polar Year International Program Office
ISAC International Study of Arctic Change
ISMASS Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level
IUGG International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics


JC Joint Committee
JSC Joint Scientific Committee


LAII Land-Atmosphere-Ice Interactions
LANDSAT Series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S.
Geological Survey
LGM Last Glacial Maximum
LoA Letter of Agreement
LOICZ Land-Ocean-Interactions in the Coastal Zone
LOMROG Lomonosov Ridge Greenland expedition


MAGICS Mass balance of Arctic Glaciers and Ice sheets in relation to the Climate and Sea level changes
MOCA Meltwater routing and Ocean-Cryosphere-Atmosphere response project
MoU Memorandum of Understanding


NAG Network on Arctic Glaciology
NcoE Nordic Centre of Excellence
NERI National Environmental Research Institute
NRC National Research Council
NSF National Science Foundation
NWP Numerical Weather Prediction
NaSMAC Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee


OSC Oslo Science Conference
OSL Optically stimulated luminescence


PACE Past and Future Change of the Antarctic Environment
PAG Paci!c Arctic Group
PAN Polar Archeology Network
PAR Paci!c Arctic Region
PCSP Polar Continental Shelf Program
PI Principal Investigator
PIC Polar Information Commons
POLENET Polar Earth Observing Network
PONAM Polar North Atlantic Margin
PROMICE Programme for Monitoring of the Greenland Ice Sheet
PYRN Permafrost Young Researchers Network


QSR Quaternary Science Reviews
QUEEN Quaternary Environment of the Eurasian North


RCM Regional Climate Model
RINK Respons af Indlandsisen til Naturlige Klimaændringer
RRS Royal Research ship
RSL Relative sea-level
R/V Research Vessel


SAC State of the Arctic Coast
SAI Stefansson Arctic Institute
SAON Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks
SCAR Scienti!c Committee on Antarctic Research
SCOR Scienti!c Committee on Oceanic Research
SDWG Sustainable Development Working Group
SEARCH Study of Environmental Arctic Change
SERCE Solid Earth Responses and Influences on Cryospheric Evolution
SG Steering Group
SHARE Social Sciences and Humanities Antarctic Research Exchange
SIOS Svalbard Integrated Earth Observing System
SOOS Southern Ocean Observing System
SPARC Stratospheric processes and their role in climate
SPICE Space-borne Measurements of Arctic Glaciers and Implications for Sea Level
SRP Scientific Research Programme
SSG Scientific Steering Group
SVALI Stability and Variations of Arctic Land Ice
SSC Scienti!c Standing Committee
SWIPA Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic


TSP Thermal State of Permafrost


UArctic University of the Arctic
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scienti!c and Cultural Organization
UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNIS The University Centre in Svalbard


WCC World Climate Conference
WCC-3 Third World Climate Conference
WCRP World Climate Research Programme
WG Working Group
WMO World Meteorological Organization
WWF World Wildlife Fund