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


FAMOS Forum for Arctic Modeling & Observational Synthesis
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
IAPSO International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans
IARC International Arctic Research Center
IASC International Arctic Science Committee
IASOA International Arctic System for Observing the Arctic
IASSA International Arctic Social Sciences Association
IAVCEI Intern. Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior
ICAM International Continental Arctic Margins
ICARP International Conference on Arctic Research Planning
ICARPIII Third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning
ICASS International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences
ICC Inuit Circumpolar Council
ICEHUS Ice Age Development and Human Settlement in Northern Eurasia
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
IGAC International Global Atmospheric Chemistry
IGBP International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
IGSInternational GPS Service
IGY International Geophysical Year
IHP International Hydrological Programme
IJCH International Journal for Circumpolar Health
IMAU Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht
IMBIE Ice sheet mass balance inter-comparison exercise
INAC Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
INCHR International Network for Circumpolar Health Research
INTERACT International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic
INVEST New Ventures in Exploring Scienti!c Targets
IOC Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission 
IODP Integrated Ocean Drilling Program
IOPAN Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences
IPA International Permafrost Association
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
IPD International Polar Decade
IPI International Polar Initiative
IPPI International Polar Partnership Initiative
IPS Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples Secretariat
IPY International Polar Year
IPY IPO International Polar Year International Program Office
ISAC International Study of Arctic Change
ISAR 3 THIRD International Symposium on Arctic Research
ISIRA International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic
ISMASS Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level
ISTAS Integrating Spatial and Temporal Scales in the Changing Arctic
ITEX International Tundra Experiment
IUEM European Institute for Marine Studies
IUGG International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics


JAMSTEC Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology
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 SurveyLGGE Laboratoire de Glaciology et Géophysique de L’environnement
LGGE Laboratoire de Glaciology et Géophysique de L’environnement
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
MARUM Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences
MOCA Meltwater routing and Ocean-Cryosphere-Atmosphere response project
MOSAiC Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate
MoU Memorandum of Understanding
MWG Marine Working Group


NAG Network on Arctic Glaciology
NCAOR National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research
NcoE Nordic Centre of Excellence
NERI National Environmental Research Institute
NOAA US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
NPI Norwegian Polar Institute
NRB Northern Research Basins
NRC National Research Council
NSF National Science Foundation
NWP Numerical Weather Prediction
NaSMAC Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee


OGS National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics
OSC Oslo Science Conference
OSL Optically stimulated luminescence


PACE Past and Future Change of the Antarctic Environment
PAG Paci!c Arctic Group
PAIS Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics
PAME Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment
PAN Polar Archeology Network
PAR Paci!c Arctic Region
PAST Gateways
PCSP Polar Continental Shelf Program
PEI Polar Educators International
PI Principal Investigator
PIC Polar Information Commons
PICES The North Pacific Marine Science Organization
POLENET Polar Earth Observing Network
PONAM Polar North Atlantic Margin
PP Permanent Participant
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


RAIPON Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North
RANNIS Icelandic Center for Research
RATIC Rapid Arctic Transitions due to Infrastructure and Climate Change
RCM Regional Climate Model
RCN Research Coordination Network
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
SAO Senior Arctic Official
SAON Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks
SCAR Scientifc Committee on Antarctic Research
SCICOM Science Committee of ICES
SCOR Scientifc Committee on Oceanic Research
SCTF Scientific Cooperation Task Force
SDWG Sustainable Development Working Group
SEARCH Study of Environmental Arctic Change
SEI Stockholm Environment Institute
SERCE Solid Earth Responses and Influences on Cryospheric Evolution
SG Steering Group
SHARE Social Sciences and Humanities Antarctic Research Exchange
SHWG Social and Human Working Group
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
SRC Stockholm Resilience Centre
SRP Scientific Research Programme
SSC Scientifc Standing Committee
SSG Scientific Steering Group
SVALI Stability and Variations of Arctic Land Ice
SWERUS Swedish-Russion-US Research Cooperation
SWIPA Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic


TFAMC Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation
TFTIA Task Force on Telecommunications Infrastructure in the Arctic
THAW THermokarst Aquatic Ecosystem
THORPEX The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment
TICOP Tenth International Conference on Permafrost
TRANSSIZ Transitions in the Seasonal Sea Ice Zone
TSP Thermal State of Permafrost
TWG Terrestrial Working Group


UArctic University of the Arctic
UNCLOS United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
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
WCRP/CliC World Climate Research Program/ Climate and Cryosphere Project
WG Working Group
WGMS World Glacier Monitoring Service
WMO World Meteorological Organization
WWF World Wildlife Fund