NOAA, partners to announce findings from 2018 Arctic Report Card

Annual update on the Arctic to be issued December 11 at American Geophysical Union meeting
December 6, 2018
The treeless slopes of the Arctic Divide near the Nunamuit village of Anaktuvuk Pass, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Undated photo.

NOAA and its partners will release the latest scientific observations of the Arctic, a sensitive part of the world that impacts other parts of the planet, at a news conference on Tue., Dec. 11, at 10:00 a.m. ET, hosted by the American Geophysical Union at its annual fall meeting in Washington, D.C.

A panel of scientists, led by retired Navy Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator, will provide this year's report on sea ice, snow cover, air temperature, ocean temperature, the Greenland ice sheet, vegetation 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.

The news conference will also be streamed live on the AGU press events webpageoffsite link.  Reporters can watch the press event in real time and asks questions via an online chat. For more information and instructions, click on the “Webstreamingoffsite link” button in the Fall Meeting Media Centeroffsite link.  

Arctic Report Card 2018 news conference at AGU's annual fall meeting in Washington, D.C.

Tue., Dec. 11, 10:00-10:45 a.m. ET

AGU Press Conference Room
Shaw/LeDroit Park Room on Level M3
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20001


  • Retired Navy Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, acting NOAA administrator
  • Emily Osborne, NOAA’s Arctic Research Program  
  • Donald Perovich, Dartmouth College
  • Howard Epstein, University of Virginia
  • Karen Frey, Clark University

NOAA’s Arctic Report Card website will be updated with 2018 findings, photographs, graphics, a video and other information at the start of the news conference.