Speaking: John Walsh, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy (ACCAP)
Online: 10:00-11:00 am AKDT, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
Wind is a climate variable with major impacts on humans, ecosystems and infrastructure, especially in coastal regions with cold climates. Climate-related changes in high-wind events have important implications for high-latitude residents, yet there has heretofore been no systematic evaluation of such changes in a framework spanning historical and future timeframes.
ACCAP has recently developed a visualization tool that displays wind information for 71 coastal and inland locations around Alaska, based on hourly station reports and hourly downscaled winds from two climate models.
We are pleased to announce that the 16th ICRSS will take place at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 14-18 September 2020.
The symposium provides a platform for the exchange of current applied research and best practices, the presentation of new technology and further innovation, and the advancement of international cooperation in the circumpolar regions of the world. We look to build on the more than 100 participants and the record 50% attendance by students and early career researchers at the 15th ICRSS!
As a consequence of the ongoing events associated with the COVID-19 outbreak in Chile, we regret to inform you that the local organizing committee of the 3rd meeting of the Chilean Cryosphere Society has decided to postpone the meeting (from May 13-15). This decision is a result of recent guidelines posted by the Universidad de Concepción restricting meetings, and is taken in close coordination with the SoChiCri's organizing committee. The new date is October 7-9 2020 and we will keep the submission platform open from now throughout April.
In a 30-minute presentation followed by a Q & A and discussion, Dr. Brandon Boylan (Dept of Political Science, UAF) and Dustin Elsberry (Research Assistant, CAPS, UAF) discuss their recent jointly-authored CAPS report on maritime traffic increases in the Arctic, and the implications for international cooperation and security.
Understanding Stakeholder Information Needs for Sea-Ice Forecasting
Online: 8:00 am AKDT, 12:00 pm EDT
This webinar will include an overview of stakeholder groups and their information needs, examples of how stakeholder groups deal with sea-ice and relate to sea-ice information, and discussion of how information gathered through stakeholder engagement can be of use to the sea-ice forecasting community. Time for participant questions will follow the presentations.
As a growing number of States and organizations worldwide are voluntarily issuing bans on “non-essential” travel and gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic the organizing committee for the International Symnposium on the Threath of Plastics in the Arctic and the Sub-Arctic Region has decided to reschedule the event for the Fall 2020. The priority of the organizers and that of the government of Iceland is to ensure safety for all concerned.
The Wilson Center's Polar Institute and the Harvard Kennedy School's Arctic Initiative recently released a report entitled "Policy and Action on Plastic Pollution in the Arctic Ocean." This report describes the nature of challenges posed by Arctic marine plastic pollution and provides targeted recommendations to policymakers and researchers; it is based on a workshop the two organizations co-hosted with the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.