Environmental Compliance

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CPS will work with proposing researchers to complete the necessary environmental review and documentation required under the National Environment & Policy Act (NEPA) and other applicable federal environmental regulations.  Please visit the following links to learn more about the NSF environmental review process for Arctic research and your responsibilities to comply as a funded researcher:

Other useful links

(Please note that this not intended to be an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all the permissions or reviews your project may need.  These are merely provided as a starting point, and it remains your responsibility to ensure you are meeting your permit and environmental obligations.)

GREENLAND

If you plan to do research in Greenland, you may need permission from Greenland’s Ministry of Independence, Nature, Environment, and Agriculture.  Please visit their Expedition Office website for details.

ALASKA

The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s IPaC (Information for Planning and Consultation) can give you information about any threatened or endangered species, critical habitat, migratory birds, or other natural resources that may be impacted by your project.

If your project will be interacting with marine mammals, this questionnaire by the National Marine Fisheries Service can help determine if you might need a special authorization or permit.

Some projects may result in disturbance to the ground, and thus could potentially impact historic properties and/or cultural resources.  Learn more about consultation requirement under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

If you are unsure of who may manage the lands you propose to do research on, both the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and the BLM provide useful online mapping tools that can help point you in the right direction.

For more information, please contact CPS environmental compliance staff.