Robert Corell, Global Environment Technology Foundation - Why the Arctic Matters at All?
When: Wednesday, 3 May 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Where: ARCUS DC Office - 1201 New York Avenue, NW. Fourth Floor. Washington, DC 20005 or online for live webinar
Why are changes in the Earth’s Climate System in and across the Arctic important to the peoples of the Arctic and for the rest of the world? Warming in the Arctic is occurring at twice the rate elsewhere in the world. This is driving sweeping changes that will impact communities in the Arctic and all over the world. Scientist have documented that the sea ice has lost 80% of its mass, the permafrost is thawing as rates unseen for 100’s of thousands of years. The glaciers of Greenland are adding to sea level rise at unprecedented rates.
Why it Matters to People in the Arctic and for the Rest of the World: First, Arctic communities are at the front lines of extreme weather events, facing collapsing infrastructure, threatened food security, and growing health concerns. Meanwhile, warming temperatures and melting ice are opening the Arctic to increased shipping and resource extraction.
Second, these major changes in the Arctic will be explore as they are already affecting the rest of the world: (a) Sea Level Rise, (b) Opening of the Seaways, (c) Weather Extremes, (d) Ocean Acidification, (e) Thawing Permafrost, and (f) Changes in Governance and the Geopolitical Landscape.
Dr. Robert W. Corell is a Principal at the Global Environment Technology Foundation and Leads its Center for Energy and Climate Solutions. He has several recent academic appointments, including an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Miami’s Department of Ocean Sciences, and Professorship at the University of the Arctic. He recently held the Arctic Chair at the University of Tromsø, Norway. He is Chair of the Board and Chief Scientist at the International Sea Level Institute. He is a Senior Fellow at the the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. He most recently led a comprehensive study of governance issues in the circumpolar Arctic. In 2013, chaired and was the lead author of the 2013 UNEP Year Book on “The View from the Top Searching for Responses to a Rapidly Changing Arctic” and the Co-Chair of the 2016 UNEP’s GEO-6 North American Regional Assessment. In 2010, Dr. Corell was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine by the Norges Veterinærhøgskole (Norwegian School of Veterinarian Science) and a 2008 Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Alaska, Anchorage. In 2003 A circular mountain region forming the head of a glacier in Antarctica was named the “Corell Cirque” by the Board on Geographical Names (79°54′00″S, 155°57′00″E).
Dr. Corell is actively engaged in research concerned with the sciences of global change and the interface between science and public policy, particularly research activities that are focused on global and regional climate change, related environmental issues, and science to facilitate understanding of vulnerability and sustainable development, for example, he is the lead Editor of “The Arctic in the World Affairs: Emerging Issues, Policy Responses”, a book to be released in June 2017. He has published several dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters during the past decade. He is a Science Advisor to the National Geographic “Years of Living Dangerously” TV series.
Dr. Corell was Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation (1987-2000) where he had oversight for the Atmospheric, Earth, Ocean Sciences, Polar Programs and was Chair of the United States Global Change Research Program (1987-2000). He was also a professor and academic administrator at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Corell is an oceanographer and engineer by background and training, having received Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees at Case Western Reserve University and MIT. He has also held visiting scientist appointments at the Woods Hole Institution of Oceanography, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of Washington.