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Prof studies Arctic sustainability

Dr. Andrey Petrov attended the International Polar Year Conference in Montreal in April 2012. He is pictured here with an American Geo-graphical Society explorers globe.

 When it comes to prominent cities for Arctic research, one might think Québec City, or St. Petersburg, or Stockholm, or maybe somewhere in Alaska or Iceland.

But think smaller. Think Midwest.

Think Cedar Falls.

That is what the National Science Foundation thought when it awarded a $750,000 grant to Dr. Andrey Petrov, an assistant professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Northern Iowa. The university will now serve as the national focal center of sustainability science research in the Arctic for the next five years.

The funded program is called Arctic-FROST (Arctic Frontiers of Sustainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North), and it boasts a worldwide collaborative network of environmental and social scientists, local educators and community members focused on improving health and human development in Arctic communities.

“The Arctic is very popular right now,” Petrov said. “It’s a region of very dramatic change climatically, which I’m sure we all know, but also socially.”

READ MORE OF THE STORY IN THE 1/4/14 EDITION OF THE CEDAR FALLS TIMES.