Event Type

An Arctic Circle Assembly Breakout Session

Event Dates
Ríma B, Harpa First Level, Harpa Conference Center , Reykjavík, Iceland

Time: 3:30-5pm GMT

The Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and the Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNÍS) will co-convene a breakout session titled "Essential Science for Informed Decision-Making in the Changing Arctic" at this year's Arctic Circle Assembly being held 7-9 October in Reykjavík, Iceland.

This breakout session will take place on Friday, 7 October and will provide an overview of the key discoveries and emerging questions currently at the forefront of the scientific community’s efforts to understand and respond to the changing Arctic environment.

The session will feature three presentations and a moderated conversation with an international panel of leading researchers including Dr. Julienne Stroeve (USA/England), Dr. Margareta Johansson (Sweden), and Dr. Thomas Spengler (Norway). Andrew C. Revkin (USA), the celebrated environmental journalist and science communicator, will moderate the session’s panel discussion in addition to discussing the relevance of this science to the broader public through a separate Arctic Circle Assembly plenary keynote.

Session speakers will guide audience members through current research efforts to understand the Arctic’s role in the global weather system, to predict changing sea ice patterns, and to perceive both the global and local implications of thawing permafrost and shifting hydrology patterns in the Arctic’s terrestrial cryosphere. By providing a broad scientific overview of the critical dynamics currently shaping the Arctic’s natural system, this session will serve as an important briefing to Arctic Circle Assembly attendees grappling with the many critical governance issues associated with this rapidly changing region.

Funding support for this event has been provided by the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.

About the Arctic Circle Assembly
The annual Arctic Circle Assembly has become the largest international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 2000 participants from 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Conference Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. To learn more about the Assembly please visit: http://arcticcircle.org/