The Arctic Icebreaker Coordinating Committee (AICC), a committee of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), serves a liaison function by providing oversight and advice to the National Science Foundation’s Division of Polar Sciences and to the U.S. Coast Guard for the purpose of enhancing scientific facilities and capabilities aboard their icebreaker fleet. The AICC solicits, synthesizes and presents the needs of the arctic science community to the Coast Guard and the NSF, fulfills an ombudsman role when necessary, and facilitates the efficient and effective execution of scientific research by U.S. icebreakers. The AICC also promotes new technology for arctic research and its utilization on icebreaker facilities, and provides information to the scientific community to facilitate organization of research projects. The AICC accomplishes these tasks through email discussions, telephone debriefs of current year research cruises and annual meetings and telephone conferences. Meetings are held at NSF in Arlington, Virginia, and at the Coast Guard facility in Seattle, Washington, where the US Coast Guard icebreaker fleet is based. Travel costs for AICC members for these meetings are supported through the UNOLS office.
AICC is currently seeking applications for several new AICC members willing to serve the arctic scientific community in meeting these needs over a three-year term, starting in the fall of 2015.