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First Name Last Name Email Department Organization Phone Address City State/Province Postal Code Country Title Current Research Science Specialties
Willy Lehmann Weng ww [at]

Geological Data Centre

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

+45-3814-2000 Øster Voldgade 10 Copenhagen K DK-1350 Denmark Geodesist

Cartography and GIS.

cartography, geodesy, geographic information systems

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Gerd Wendler gdwendler [at]

Geophysical Institute (GI)

University of Alaska Fairbanks

907-474-7378 Geophysical Institute Fairbanks Alaska 99775 United States Director, Alaska Climate Research Center. Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus

Sitka, located in southeastern coastal Alaska, is the only meteorological station in Alaska and northern coastal British Columbia, with a long climatological record, going back to the first half of the nineteenth century. Sitka was the capital of Alaska, when it was part of the Russian Empire, to which Alaska belonged until 1867, when the American government purchased it. In 1827, the Russian established an observatory on Baranof Island, Sitka Harbor, which made 17-hourly observations, later extended to 19 and thereafter to all hours of the day. When analyzing the data, the 12-day time difference between the Russian (Julian) calendar, at which the observations were made, and ours (Gregorian) has to be considered. The climate of Sitka is maritime, with relative warm winter temperatures—there is no month with a mean temperature below freezing—and moderately warm summer temperatures with 4 months above the 10 °C level and plentiful precipitation all-year long. It is the warmest zone of Alaska. Even though there is a substantial break in observations in the late nineteenth century, these are the only observation, which started so early in the nineteenth century. Systematic US-based observations commenced much later normally in connection with the gold rush, whaling in Northern Alaska, and the fur trade, predominantly along the Yukon River. During the 186 years of observations from 1827 to 2013, the best linear fit gave a temperature increase of 1.56 °C for the whole period or 0.86 °C per century, somewhat lower than expected for the relatively high latitudes. The increase was nonlinear, with several multi-decadal variations. However, when comparing the first normal (1831–1860) to the last normal (1981–2010) and assuming a linear trend, a higher value of 1.06 °C per century was calculated. The discrepancy might be explained by nonlinearity and the fact that during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, observations were sporadic. Furthermore, the observed warming is less pronounced than the values found for Interior and especially Arctic Alaska for later time period for which such a comparison was possible (Wendler et al. 2014). Significant correlation values were found with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), the North Pacific (NP) Index, El Nino 3.4, and the 18.4 years nodal tide; the latter was previously reported in an excellent investigation by T. Royer (1993).

air-sea-ice interactions, boundary-layer meteorology, meteorology, climatology, sea ice, climate change

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James Welsh jpwelsh [at] N/A

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)

603-646-4527 72 Lyme Road Hanover New Hampshire 03755 United States Joint Test Director

Computer or synthetic environment modeling.

geophysics, air-sea-ice interactions, modeling

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Walter Welsch welsch [at]

Institut fur Geodaesie

Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen

+49-89-6004-3426-3435 Neubiberg D-85577 Germany

Juneau Icefield Research Program.

geodesy, mapping

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Dave Wells krillesbear [at] N/A

Quinault National Museum Project

360-866-4431 821 Kaiser Road NW Olympia Washington 98502 United States Executive Director

Museology: ethnocultural preservation, relational education, holistic exhibition. Non-material culture. Cultural control and participation in planning, education programming, facilities planning/architectural programming.

museum studies, education, community development

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Gunter Weller ffgew [at]

Geophysical Institute (GI)

University of Alaska Fairbanks

907-474-7371 PO Box 757320 Fairbanks Alaska 99775 United States

Mesoscale climate modeling. Arctic contamination research and assessment program - monitoring and assessing contaminants in Alaska. The Arctic Flux Study: a regional view of trace gas release. Global change and the polar regions.

atmospheric sciences, air-sea-ice interactions, climate change

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Jeffrey Welker afjmw1 [at]

Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI)

University of Alaska Anchorage

907-244-7785 Ecosystem and Biomedical Building 117 Anchorage Alaska 99508 United States Director of ENRI, Professor of Biology at UAA

Species and ecosystem responses to changes in snow cover and warmer temperatures in the low and high arctic. Winter CO2 dynamics in the Arctic.

tundra ecology, climate change, ecosystem science

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Ronald Welch welch [at]

Global Hydrology and Climate Center

University of Alabama at Huntsville

205-922-5754 Huntsville Alabama 35899 United States Chair

Polar cloud masks. Radiative energy budgets. Cloud property retrievals. Aerosol retrievals. Ecosystem characterization.

remote sensing, climate change, environmental monitoring

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David Welch david.welch [at]

Ecological Integrity Branch

Parks Canada

819-994-5532 25 Eddy Street - Mail Stop 25-4-S Gatineau Quebec K1A 0M5 Canada Ph.D., Physical Science Advisor

Climate change effects on arctic ecosystems, and park management adaptation strategies.

geomorphology, climate change, air pollution

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Jérôme Weiss weiss [at]

Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

+33-4-76-82-42-71 54 rue Molière, BP 96 St Martin d'Hères Cedex FR-38402 France

Scaling in the deformation and fracture of arctic sea ice; Seismology of arctic sea ice

physics, sea ice modeling, sea ice dynamics

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Michael Weintraub michael.weintraub [at]

Environmental Sciences

University of Toledo

4195302585 2801 W. Bancroft St. Toledo Ohio 43606 United States Professor

Effects of climate on soil nutrient availability.

biogeochemistry, nutrient dynamics, soil ecology, terrestrial ecosystems

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Martin Weinstein wstein [at] N/A

M.S. Weinstein Consulting Services

+1-250-974-5673 POB 237 Alert Bay British Columbia V0N 1A0 Canada

Environmental values of Cree, Athabaskan, Salish, Kwakiutl, and Tsimshian cultural groups. Canadian aboriginal-community land use mapping projects. Assessment of the impacts of large-scale resource developments on subsistence economies. Traditional ecological knowledge and its use in conflict identification, resolution, and planning. Socio-economic side of wildlife and fisheries management. Community-based fisheries and wildlife management.

natural resources management, subsistence, traditional knowledge and wisdom

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Thomas Weingartner tjweingartner [at]

School of Fisheries and Ocean Science - Institute of Marine Science

University of Alaska Fairbanks

907-474-7993 PO Box 757220 Fairbanks Alaska 99775 United States Professor

Arctic continental shelf dynamics in the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas using oceanographic moorings, shipboard measurements, HF radar, and satellite-tracked drifters.

ocean circulation, physical geography, marine environment

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Ross Wein ross.wein [at]

Renewable Resources and Canadian Circumpolar Institute

University of Alberta

780-492-3242 442 Earth Sciences Building Edmonton Alberta T6G 2E3 Canada Professor

Inuvik area of the Mackenzie Delta on Gwich’in Land. Wood Buffalo National Park.

boreal forests, fire ecology, climate change

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Michael Weiler mh.weiler [at] N/A

Mi'kma'ki All Points Services, Inc.

+1-902-236-6277 PO Box 63 Shubenacadie Nova Scotia B0N 1H0 Canada Senior Associate & Research Coordinator

Indigenous knowledge, traditional land & resource uses, traditonal resource management techniques, environmental impact assessment, caribou, geographic information systems, and research capacity building in Aboriginal communities.

Native studies, Indigenous knowledge, geographic information systems

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Pal Weihe pal [at]

Department of Occupational and Public Health

Faroese Hospital System (The)

+298-316-696 PO Box 14 Sigmundargoeta 5 FO-110 Faroe Islands Chief Physician

Methylmercury and POPs.

toxicology, human/environment interaction

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Dominik Weiel dweiel [at] N/A

Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

+49-591-612-539 Johannes-Meyer-Str 13 Lingen D-49808 Germany Geologist, PhD Student

Russian High Arctic (western Laptev Sea, Vilkitsky Strait, Kara Sea). Central Arctic Ocean (Alpha Ridge). Marine echosounding. Bulk mineralogy. Paleomagnetics. Physical properties. Microfacies. Paleocurrents.

marine sedimentology, glacial geology, paleoclimatology

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Lawrence Weider ljweider [at]


University of Oklahoma

405-325-4766 Department of Biology Norman Oklahoma 73019 United States Professor of Biology

Circumarctic phylogeography and biodiversity of freshwater microcrustaceans; population and evolutionary genetics of arctic freshwater zooplankton; climate change and arctic zooplankton; resurrection ecology of long-dormant propagules (i.e., zooplankton resting eggs)

aquatic biology, evolution, ecology, population genetics

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Carolyn Wegner cwegner [at]

Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften Dienstgebäude

GEOMAR Research Center for Marine Geosciences

+49-431-600-2858 IFM-GEOMAR Wischhofstr. 1-3 Kiel D-24148 Germany

Suspended matter dynamic, sediment budget, sediment transport on arctic shelves. Determination of suspended matter by optical and acoustic measuring devices. Land-ocean interactions on arctic shelves.

marine sedimentology, fluid mechanics, fjord/shelf oceanography

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Kate Wedemeyer kate.wedemeyer [at]

U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS)

U.S. Department of the Interior

907-334-5278 Environmental Studies Anchorage Alaska 99508 United States Fisheries Oceanographer

Marine fish survey design for the Beaufort Sea shelf. Arctic cisco ecology. Measuring Beaufort Sea shelf primary production and temporal variability via in situ validation of SeaWIFs and MODIS (will require algorithms for sediment-laden waters of river plumes).

fish ecology, biological oceanography, offshore development

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Andrzej Weber [at]

Department of Anthropology

University of Alberta

780-492-0185 Edmonton Alberta T6G 2H4 Canada

Siberian Mesolithic and Neolithic hunter gatherers of Lake Baikal.

archaeology, social organization, paleoeconomy

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Patrick Webber webber [at]

Department of Botany and Plant Pathology

Michigan State University

505-751-9803 PO Box 1380 Ranchos de Taos New Mexico 87557 United States Professor Emeritus

International Tundra Experiment (ITEX). Forecasting arctic tundra vegetation.

plant ecology, disturbance ecology, climate change

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Robert Webb robert.s.webb [at]

National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/Office of Oceanic and Atmostpheric Research (OAR)/Climate Diagnostics Center

303-497-6967 325 Broadway Boulder Colorado 80305 United States

Circum arctic paleoenvironments (CAPE). PALE.

paleoclimatology, climate modeling

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Spahr Webb scw [at]

Lamont - Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

Columbia University

845-365-8439 PO Box 1000 - 61 Route 9W Palisades Nevada 10964 United States Senior Scientist

Constructing an AUVOBS system (APOGEE) that will collect ocean floor seismic data for both active source and passive seismic experiments. System will be able to swim back to an icebreaker ship beneath the ice for retrieval.

marine geophysics, seismology, marine engineering

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David Webb david.webb [at]

James Rennell Division

Southampton Oceanography Centre

+44-23-8059-6199 Empress Dock Southampton SO14 3ZH United Kingdom


physical oceanography, sea ice modeling

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