Arctic Ocean Research and Supporting Facilities: National Needs and Goals (1995)Ocean Studies Board
The Arctic is a region of greater economic and environmental importance than is suggested by its relatively small area and remoteness. The Arctic Ocean is the least known of the world's oceans, and detailed knowledge of its role in global processes is limited. Because of the importance of the Arctic Ocean and the difficulties associated with undertaking scientific research in the region, the National Science Foundation asked the National Research Council to evaluate the scientific and logistic requirements for arctic research. This report addresses these issues and provides recommendations to direct research in the Arctic.