The ARCUS Arctic Research Seminar Series invites leading Arctic researchers and community leaders to share the latest findings in Arctic research and what they mean for decision-making. These webinar events are free and open to the public, and will be of particular interest to the international Arctic research community, federal agency officials, non-governmental organizations, Arctic educators, and the public.
Registration is required for each event.
For those of you on Twitter, we also invite you to join our online discussion of each event using the hashtag #arcuswebinar.
The ARCUS Arctic Research Seminar Series is made possible with support by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement No. PLR-1928794.
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When: 4 October 2023, 9:00 a.m. Alaska Time
Henry Huntington is Arctic Science Director for Ocean Conservancy and also an independent researcher. Huntington's research looks primarily at human-environment interactions in the Arctic, including Indigenous knowledge and climate change, as well as topics such as shipping and fishing. He is editor in chief of the journal Weather, Climate, and Society.
We examined recent shipping trends and assessed their impact on Arctic environments and communities. We conclude that greater international co-ordination is needed to learn from experience, to share assets and capacities, and to guide responsible and sustainable development of Arctic shipping. Given the possibility for opening of the Transpolar Sea Route within the coming decades, further proactive steps, such as developing a governance framework, could help Arctic shipping avoid rather than attempt to correct problems.
When: Wednesday, 28 June 2023, 9:00 a.m. AKDT
Alec Bennett is a faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he teaches Climate Security coursework in the College of Business and Security Management, focusing on a mixture of computational and socio-political approaches to security. Alec is co-affiliated with the International Arctic Research Center, where he works on interdisciplinary research exploring the intersection between computational modeling, climate-driven extreme events, and security, from a range of perspectives. He is also a member of the Center for Arctic Security & Resilience, and helps to develop tools and frameworks toward translating Arctic research into actionable mechanisms for communities and organizations trying to plan for an uncertain future in the Arctic.
Climate change poses sufficient risk for nation-states and residents throughout the Arctic to warrant potentially radical geoengineering solutions. Current geoengineering solutions are in the early stages of testing and development. Due to the scale of deployments necessary to enact substantial change, and their preliminary nature, these methods are likely to result in unforeseen consequences. The Arctic is an area that is experiencing rapid change, increased development, and exploratory interest, and proposed solutions have the potential to produce new risks to both natural and human systems. This talk explores potential security and ethical considerations of geoengineering solutions in the Arctic and the need for proactive and preemptive frameworks at the international level, while leveraging unique structures already present in Arctic governance.