Arctic Yearbook 2015
several new federal investments to enhance safety and security in a changing Arctic: accelerating the
acquisition of new U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers; action to be taken by NOAA and the Coast Guard
to promote safe marine operations and transportation in the Arctic through mapping and charting of
the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas; evaluating the feasibility of deepening and extending Nome’s
harbor by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in view of making it America’s Arctic deep water port;
launching a five-year demonstration project for Arctic marine biodiversity observing; and, hosting an
international workshop on community-based ecological monitoring. Each of these select federal
initiatives is consistent with current U.S. national Arctic strategies and implementation plans published
A distinctly American event, nonetheless the GLACIER conference brought global attention to the
Arctic. The visit of President Obama to Alaska and the Arctic reaffirmed America’s commitment to
the region and brought his climate change message to the very place where change is most rapid and
is directly impacting people.
For most Americans, as well as perhaps many around the globe, his speech and visit provided
unprecedented attention to the Arctic by an American President.