Still icy: Has investing in the Arctic been oversold?
The ice might be melting but megaprojects planned in the Arctic are coming to a grinding halt with dropping oil prices, rising tensions with Russia and America’s new production capabilities. The icy ‘last frontier’ is expensive and hazardous for all industries and stakeholders are weighing the return on their current and future investments. Is commercial interest in the Arctic a bubble about to burst?
In 2015, The Economist Events’ Arctic Summit will return to Oslo, Norway on March 12th 2015.
Arctic Ambitions IV is Alaska's premier Arctic business conference! This unique international event brings together corporate executives and senior government officials from around the Arctic region and the world. It focuses on trade, commerce and investment and serves as an excellent networking venue to promote your business interests in the region.
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Coastal regions of Alaska are regularly affected by intense storms of ocean origin, the frequency and intensity of which are expected to increase as a result of global climate change. Coastal storms have already led to severe erosion, flooding, and destruction of salt-intolerant vegetation, but to date, little quantitative information on storm-generated total water levels at the coast is available. This presentation by Li Erikson from the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Sciences Center provides a summary of two recent studies that partially fulfill this information gap.
Eran Hood (University of Alaska Southeast) and Shad O'Neel (USGS Alaska Science Center) will present "Icefield-to-Ocean Linkages Across the Aorthern Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest Ecosystem" on Tuesday, 10 March at 10:00am AKDT. Rates of glacier mass loss in the northern Pacific coastal temperate rainforest (PCTR) are among the highest on Earth, and changes in glacier volume and extent will impact the flow regime and chemistry of coastal rivers, as well as the nearshore marine ecosystem of the Gulf of Alaska.
Silver Spring, Maryland or Online via Webinar: 5 pm EDT
The Arctic is increasingly recognized by the United States as a strategically and environmentally important region. NOAA research supports interagency efforts to understand and manage this vast landscape.
Margaret Murie Building, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska
The Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks hosts a weekly 'Friday Life Science Hour' most Fridays during the academic year. Seminars are held from 3:00-4:00 pm AKST and are free and open to the public. The March 6, 2015 seminar is "Decision Analysis: A Vital Communication Tool for Natural Resource Management," by Mark Lindberg (UAF-IAB), Tom Paragi (ADF&G), and Angela Matz (USFWS). Abstracts, biographies and the seminar calendar are online at: www.iab.uaf.edu/events/lsss.php.
On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Ocean Leadership’s annual Public Policy Forum will be held at the Reserve Officers Association building on Capitol Hill. This year’s theme is Predicting and Preparing for a Changing Arctic and will feature panels with experts from around the country and remarks by several Members of Congress. A draft agenda can be found here. The topics to be discussed include forecasting a changing Arctic environment, the science needs for stakeholders, and emerging issues for impacts beyond the Arctic.
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Thomas Jung, AWI, Germany
2 March 2015 at 16 CET
Webinar ID: 120-183-315
The first webinar in this series on 2 March at 16 CET with the title "Polar Weather Prediction" will introduce Professor Dr. Thomas Jung, a polar meteorologist, who is leading international efforts to improve polar weather and climate prediction.