ACIA is an international project of the Arctic Council and the Arctic Science Committee (IASC) to evaluate and synthesize knowledge on climate variability, climate change, increased ultraviolet radiation, and their consequences on environment, human health, and infrastructure. The aim is to provide useful and reliable information to the governments, organizations, and peoples of the Arctic on policy options to meet such changes.
Three major volumes, completed in 2004, provide a peer-reviewed scientific volume, a synthesis document summarizing results, and a policy document providing recommendations for coping and adaptation measures. The assessment involves a broad range of experts from many disciplines and countries guided by an Assessment Steering Committee, in close cooperation with a group conducting a similar regional assessment as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The ACIA Secretariat is located at the International Arctic Research Center of the University of Alaska (Fairbanks), and funding for the Secretariat is provided by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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