The Juneau Arctic Policy Forum will be hosted by the Institute of the North and will highlight the work done to develop and promote Alaska's role in Arctic decision-making. There will be presentations and discussion about the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Arctic Caucus and results from the Northern Waters Task Force. We also hope to include updates from the U.S. Coast Guard and the University of Alaska.
Endorsed by the International Arctic Science Committee, this workshop is the first in a planned series of meetings that aim to collectively shape and coordinate initiatives for research that directly addresses the needs of stakeholders who are affected by change or who are addressing arctic environmental change. The long-term objective is to enable local people, the arctic nations and the wider global community, including the scientific community, to better respond to a changing Arctic. This workshop is a pre-IPY 2012 Conference event.
The conference will bring together representatives from science, politics, and civil society to share perspectives on how upcoming challenges in the Arctic may be addressed to ensure sustainable development, and will discuss the global energy outlook and assess the
potential of traditional and renewable energy resources in the North.
The Alaska Marine Science Symposium showcases ocean research in the Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea, and Gulf of Alaska. Plenary and poster sessions feature a broad spectrum of ocean science, including the fields of climate, oceanography, lower trophic levels, the benthos, fishes and invertebrates, seabirds, marine mammals, local and traditional knowledge, and socioeconomic research. The symposium will also include keynote speakers, workshops, and special sessions.
This international symposium brings together leading specialists of mountain cryosphere research giving a state of the art overview of recent findings and research strategies for the next decades. This includes glaciers and permafrost as well as combined hazard analyses. The results of this symposium will be published in a special issue of the journal Geografiska Annaler.
Inquiries can be sent to: secretary.physicalgeography [at] geo.uzh.ch.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the University of California at Irvine announces the release of the Ice Sheet System Model (ISSM, http://issm.jpl.nasa.gov), an ice sheet modeling software. To coincide with its release, the ISSM team is organizing a workshop at JPL in Pasadena, California on 12-13 December 2011, right after the AGU 2011 Fall Meeting.
The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest worldwide conference in the geophysical sciences, attracting nearly 20,000 Earth and space scientists, educators, students, and policy makers. This meeting showcases current scientific theory focused on discoveries that will benefit humanity and ensure a sustainable future for our planet.
The sixth Airships to the Arctic conference explores the forward and backward linkages of the emerging airship industry. The introduction of transport airship will require new locations for transshipment and generate economic opportunities that do not exist today. Just as these other modes of transport spawned an array of input suppliers, this conference examines the supply base of the airship industry. Construction of large transport airships will create the need for materials, engines, pilots, avionics and many other large and small input suppliers.
On Friday, December 2, 2011, President Obama will host the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior. As part of President Obama’s ongoing outreach to the American people, this conference will provide leaders from the 565 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and representatives from the highest levels of his Administration. Each federally recognized tribe will be invited to send one representative to the conference.