ICSU Polar Science Symposium

Research Urgencies in the Polar Regions and their Links to the ICSU Grand Challenges in Global Sustainability

Event Type: Conferences and Workshops

When: 23 September 2011 to 24 September 2011

Where: Siena, Italy


The symposium will address all aspects of polar science, with a focus on the functioning of the earth system in the Arctic and Antarctic, the major drivers of pervasive change, and the as yet unaddressed research issues in these regions. These issues will be considered within the context of the ICSU Grand Challenges in Global Sustainability framework and the research priorities of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), and other ICSU unions and interdisciplinary scientific bodies with interests in polar sciences.

Invited speakers will outline the major current global challenges and changes in terrestrial and oceanic domains in the polar regions and highlight how these are linked to the ICSU research priorities. A panel
session, involving representatives from a range of ICSU bodies, will discuss the relevance of these issues to their organizations' research priorities and to the overall ICSU research strategy.

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