December 8: NOAA, partners to announce findings from 2020 Arctic Report Card

December 4, 2020 NOAA and its partners will release the 15th Arctic Report Card, with the latest scientific observations of climate change in the Arctic, a sensitive part of the world that impacts other parts of the planet, at a virtual news conference on Tue., Dec. 8, at 11:00 a.m. ET, during the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting.
NOAA's 15th Arctic Report Card (2020) continues to chart the transition of a once-reliably frozen into a warmer, wetter, biologically transformed world. Photo: Aerial view of Sheenjek River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge posted on Facebook June 15, 2020.

A panel of scientists, led by retired Navy Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., deputy NOAA administrator, will provide this year's report on air temperatures, sea ice, snow cover, ocean temperature, high-latitude wildfires, the MOSAiC expedition, and ecosystem changes. The Arctic Report Card, updated annually since 2006, demonstrates the importance of long-term observing programs to effectively measure significant changes in the Arctic.

Reporters who have registered for the meeting can watch the press event in real time and ask questions via an online chat. The press event will be followed by a one-hour Q&A session.

For more information and instructions on how to view the press conference, visit the Arctic Report Card press conference announcement offsite link found on AGU’s Fall Meeting Media Center Events pageoffsite link. To register for the meeting, visit AGU’s registration pageoffsite link.

Arctic Report Card 2020 news conference

Tue., Dec. 8, 11:00 am -12:00 pm ET

AGU virtual Press Conference Room


Retired Navy Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, deputy NOAA administrator

Richard Thoman, International Arctic Research Center

Alison York, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Craig George, North Slope Borough (Ret.)

Matthew Shupe, NOAA/CIRES

Jacqueline Richter-Menge, US Arctic Research Commission


NOAA’s Arctic Report Card website will be updated with 2020 findings, photographs, graphics, videos and other information at the start of the news conference.

Media contact:
Theo Stein, NOAA Communications, 303-819-7409