IASC Working Groups (WGs) encourage and support science-led international programs by offering opportunities for planning and coordination, and by facilitating communication and access to facilities. Cross-Cutting Projects encourage to explore activities which straddle disciplinary lines. They are funded by at least two of the five IASC Working Groups: Atmosphere WG (AWG), Cryosphere WG (CWG), Marine WG (MWG), Social & Human WG (SHWG), and Terrestrial WG (TWG). Since 2021, projects that include Russian researchers and / or focus on research in the Russian Arctic, can be co-funded by the International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic (ISIRA).  For cross-cutting activities before 2019, please browse our online collection of yearbooks, the IASC Bulletin.

Project TitleProject StatusYear FundedIASC Working Group / Committee
Ice Sheets: Weather versus Climate Upcoming 2022 AWGCWG, MWG
Arctic Permafrost Atlas – Maps and Graphics Upcoming 2022 CWG, SHWG, TWG
Atmospheric rivers and the onset of sea-ice melt (ARTofMELT)  Upcoming 2022 AWGCWG, MWG 
Towards Sustainable Infrastructure: Environmental, Technological, and Societal Impacts of Development in the Arctic Upcoming 2022 CWG, SHWG, TWG
Glacier - atmosphere interactions in a warming and wetting Arctic Upcoming 2022 AWGCWG
Co-creating Arctic Research together with Indigenous Rightsholders – Workshop at ASSW23 Upcoming 2022 CWG, MWG, SHWG, TWG

Representations of Gender in Northern Arts and Sciences (workshop and exhibition at ASSW 2023 Vienna)

Upcoming 2022 CWG, MWG, SHWG, TWG
A collaborative Arctic research community assessment of interactions between global change drivers, societies and subsystems through space and time (AGORA) Upcoming 2022 AWGCWGSHWG, TWG
Gordon Research Conference and Seminar for Polar Marine Science 2023 Upcoming 2022 CWG, MWG
Race and systemic bias-crosscutting workshop 2023 Upcoming 2022 AWGCWG, MWG, SHWG, TWG
Changing Artic rivers’ behavior: what is the Inuit perception? Completed 2021 CWG, SHWG, TWG
The Contribution of the Reproductive Health and the Quality of the Arctic Environment Completed 2021 SHWG, ISIRA
Global ecological and economic connections in Arctic and sub-Arctic crab markets Completed 2021 SHWG, ISIRA
International MOSAiC Science Conference Upcoming 2021 AWG, CWG, MWG
Enabling Early Career Scientist and/or Indigenous Participation in Internationally Cross-Platformed Research Cruises Completed 2021 MWGISIRA
Beavers and the borealisation of the Arctic: Understanding cascading social and biophysical change Upcoming 2021 SHWG, TWG
Karthaus Summerschool on Ice Sheets and Glaciers in the Climate System Completed 2021 AWG, CWG
Co-creating Arctic Research together with Indigenous Rights holders Cancelled 2021 CWG, MWG, SHWG, TWG, ISIRA
ArcticLight Network Upcoming 2021 CWG, MWG, TWG
Race and Systemic Bias Crosscutting Workshop Cancelled 2021 AWG, CWG, MWG, SHWGTWG
AGORA - A collaborative Arctic research community assessment of interactions between global change drivers, societies and subsystems through space and time Cancelled 2021 AWG, CWG, SHWG, TWG, ISIRA
Scientists and Educators Co-developing Education Outreach and Communication tools for The Polar Resource Book Upcoming 2021 AWG, CWG, MWG, SHWG, TWGISIRA
Indigenous-led Wildlife and Protected Area Management Cancelled 2021 MWG, SHWG, ISIRA
The 3rd International Conference on 'Polar Climate and Environmental Change in the Last Millennium' Completed 2020 CWGTWG
Trace Gas Action Workshop Upcoming 2020 AWG, CWGTWG 
Arctic YOPP Science Workshop 2020 Cancelled 2020 AWG, CWG, MWG
The Svalbard-MOSAiC workshop on snow, sea-ice and aerosol interactions in the Arctic Completed 2020 AWG, CWG
Working Group: “Integrated Ecosystem Assessment of the Northern Bering Sea – Chukchi Sea (NBS-CS)” Cancelled 2020 MWG, SHWG
Gordon Research Conference and Seminar for Polar Marine Science 2021 Cancelled 2020 MWG, SHWG
Coastal Arctic Science Teams (CoAST) Project Cancelled 2020  AWG, CWG, MWG, SHWG, TWG
Polar Archaeology Network (PAN) / Regional messenger, global message: the role of tangible cultural heritage in times of turbulence Completed 2020 SHWG, TWG
RATIC/T-MOSAiC Workshop at ASSW 2021: Request for cross IASC-Working-Group support for young investigators, indigenous, and industry representatives Completed 2020 CWGSHWG, TWG
Indigenous Methodologies in Collaborative Arctic Science Completed 2020 AWG, CWG, MWG, SHWG, TWG
BEPSII* Sea Ice School – Educating a new generation of sea-ice scientists at times of rapid changes in polar regions Upcoming 2020  AWG, CWG, MWG, SHWG
16th International Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium (16th ICRSS) Completed 2020 AWG, CWGSHWG, TWG
Second PalaeoArc Conference Completed 2020 CWG, MWG,TWG
High-latitude Fires, Arctic Climate, Environment, and health (HiFACE) Upcoming 2020 AWGSHWG, TWG
Glacier - atmosphere interactions in a rapidly warming Arctic environment (NAG) Cancelled 2020 AWG, CWG
6th Snow Science Winter School Completed 2019 AWG, CWG, SHWG, TWG
Arctic urbanization and sustainable development Completed 2019 AWG, SHWG, TWG
Biogeochemical Exchange Processes at sea-ice Interfaces
(BEPSII): Shedding light into linkages between the atmospherecryosphere
and ocean
Completed 2019 AWG, CWG, MWGSHWG
The Cryosphere and ATmospheric CHemistry (CATCH): Understanding interactions between atmospheric composition and environmental ice Completed 2019 AWG, CWG, MWG 
Coastal Arctic Science Teams (CoAST) Project Completed 2019 AWG, CWG, MWG, SHWG, TWG
Gender in Polar Research: Gendered field work conditions, epistemologies and legacies Cancelled 2019 CWG, MWG, SHWG, TWG
Glacier-ocean interactions and their impact on Arctic marine
Completed 2019 CWG, MWG
International Participation in Arctic Futures 2050 Conference: Travel and reception support Completed 2019 CWG, SHWG
MOSAiC Summer School Completed 2019 AWG, CWG, MWG
Nunataryuk-T-MOSAiC-APECS Field School “Arctic Coastal Adaptation - Capacity building and knowledge exchange across borders for early career researchers” Cancelled 2019 CWGSHWG, TWG
Support for Improving IASC Working Group, Early Career Scientist, and Indigenous Knowledge Holder Participation in Arctic Council Observer Activities Completed 2019 AWG, MWG, TWG
The Future of Arctic Fjord Systems Workshop Completed 2019 CWG, MWG, SHWG
Synoptic Arctic Survey Workshop   Upcoming  2019 AWG, CWG, MWG


  • Cross-Cutting Activities
  • Atmosphere Working Group
  • Cryosphere Working Group
  • Marine Working Group
  • Social & Human Working Group
  • Terrestrial Working Group


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