The Top 100 science stories of the year are now listed at Discover Magazine. The story of Arctic ice retreat, resource claims, and seafloor mapping for the extension of Outer Continental
Shelf areas is placing 5th out of that 100. A nice map of Arctic resource claims is provided. The story of Arctic claims ranks highly here at DSN, too. Craig has been reporting dutifully on Russian shenanigans with the MIR submersibles, for example.
The emerging story of Arctic claims is the subject of the United States Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) project, executed under Interagency Committee on Ocean Science and Resource Management Integration (ICOSRMI) and
Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science (JSOST) leadership. Through this program, NOAA applies funds from the Ocean Exploration budget across multiple federal agencies to accomplish
the resource mapping entrerprise. The article above contains a link to a NOAA webpage
reporting on one of the Ocean Exploration cruises executed by the ECS Task Force,
involving the Joint Center at UNH, NOAA, USGS, and USCG.
Hat tip to JP for the story and the link. – PJE