ARCUS Arctic Research Seminar with Peter Pulsifer (National Snow and Ice Data Center)

Arctic Observations, Data and Society: Using Systems Science and Mediation to Enhance Information Flow for Sustainability

ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research Seminar Series

Event Type: Lectures/Panels/Discussions

When: 4 October 2017

Where: 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT at the ARCUS D.C. Office: 1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C. and online for event live-stream

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ARCUS invites registration for the following presentation:

Presentation Title: Arctic Observations, Data and Society: Using Systems Science and Mediation to Enhance Information Flow for Sustainability
Speaker: Peter Pulsifer, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

Abstract: Recent environmental and social change has resulted in an increased focus on the Arctic region by governments and the general public. Much of this interest is generated in the context of the concept of sustainability and the global implications of a changing Arctic. Concurrently, there is a recognition by researchers, Arctic communities, and decision makers that Arctic observations and data are not readily available in a usable form to all who need them. This talk provides a review of Arctic data as a complex system of interrelated data resources, technology, funding, human and machine actors, and other components that can be seen as an "ecosystem." To improve the flow of information will require more than simply making data easier to discover and access in its raw form. New approaches to mediating or transforming data to meet the needs of different user communities are needed and increasingly possible. Enhancing the system will require a broad commitment to dialogue across different communities of practice and a recognition of the need to conceive of data and related technologies as infrastructure that can interoperate from local to global scales. The talk will conclude with a review of existing and emerging projects and programs focused on Arctic data.

This seminar will also be available as a webinar live-stream for those unable to attend in person.

Registration is required. Instructions for accessing the online webinar will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.

The ARCUS Arctic Research Seminar Series brings some of the leading Arctic researchers to Washington, D.C. to share the latest findings and what they mean for decision-making. These seminars will be of interest to federal agency officials, congressional staff, non-governmental organizations, associations, and the public.

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