The Arctic Institute of North America (AINA) announces publication of the December 2008 issue of the Journal ARCTIC, Volume 61, Number 4. For further information, please go to:

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The following papers appear in the December 2008 issue of ARCTIC:

"Polar Bear Conservation in Canada: Defining the Policy Problems"
By: Douglas A. Clark, David S. Lee, Milton M.R. Freeman and Susan G. Clark

"Modern Erosion Rates and Loss of Coastal Features and Sites, Beaufort Sea Coastline, Alaska"
By: Benjamin M. Jones, Kenneth M. Hinkel, Christopher D. Arp and Wendy R. Eisner

"A Study of Tidal Influences in the North Water Polynya using Short Time Span Satellite Imagery"
By: R.F. Vincent and R.F. Marsden

"Recent (1986-2006) Vegetation-Specific NDVI Trends in Northern Canada from Satellite Data"
By: Ian Olthof, Darren Pouliot, Rasim Latifovic and Wenjun Chen

"Resighting of a Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) Instrumented with a Satellite Transmitter"
By: M.P. Heide-Jorgensen, R. Dietz, K.L. Laidre, P. Nicklen, E. Garde, P. Richard and J. Orr

"Localization of Social Work Knowledge through Practitioner Adaptations in Northern Ontario and the Northwest Territories, Canada"
By: John R. Graham, Keith Brownlee, Michael Shier and Esther Doucette

"Exploratory Models of Intersite Variability in Mid to Late Holocene Central Alaska"
By: B.A. Potter

"Pond Characteristics and Occupancy by Red-Necked Phalaropes in the Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories, Canada"
By: Bree Walpole, Erica Nol and Vicky Johnston

"Historical Evidence and the Eastern Greenland Case"
By: Janice Cavell

The issue also contains six book reviews, an obituary for Leslie A. Viereck, and InfoNorth essays by the recipients of the 2008 Jennifer Robinson and Lorraine Allison Scholarships, administered by the Arctic
Institute of North America.