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November 2019

Warming of the Chukchi slope through the Barrow Canyon outflow in winter 2016-2017

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm3:00 pm
Akasofu 401, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States

Seminar by visiting scientist Satoshi Kimura, a physical oceanographer at JAMSTEC Arctic Ocean and Climate System Research Group. The talk title is, The warming of the Chukchi slope through the Barrow Canyon outflow in the 2016-2017 winter. ABSTRACT: While a substantial portion of the Pacific-origin waters flows through Barrow Canyon in the northeast corner of the Chukchi Sea, little is known on the hydrography of the surrounding regions in winter. We present profiles of wintertime hydrography on the Chukchi slope…

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Water Day at IARC

Friday, Nov 8, 2019 at 1:30 pm2:30 pm
Akasofu lobby

People of all ages are invited to the International Arctic Research Center to learn about water. Undergraduate students in the class Introduction to Watershed Management (NRM 370) will lead fun, hands-on, mind-on exploration of models and games that relate to watersheds. The public activities will take place from 1:30 - 2:30 pm in the Akasofu lobby. During an earlier portion of the event, the NRM 370 students will also teach Watershed Charter School 8th graders to be water wise. ACTIVITY…

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October 2019

Alaska’s 2019 extended wildfire season

Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm3:00 pm
Akasofu 401, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States

Join the International Arctic Research Center for October’s research salon panel discussion on Alaska's 2019 extended wildfire season. Hear perspectives from Uma Bhatt, Joe Little and Nancy Fresco. Light refreshments will be provided. IARC Salon is a monthly seminar series coordinated annually by one of IARC's students. For more information contact this year's graduate student organizers Sherri Wall and Liz Bowman. Join remotely via Zoom https://alaska.zoom.us/j/968715035.

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Climate Physics Journal Club – Dynamical downscaling for Southeast Alaska: A look at precipitation metrics

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm2:00 pm
Akasofu 501, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States

Presenter: Rick Lader, Postdoctoral Fellow, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center Southeast Alaska has been under drought conditions for the past two years, with precipitation deficits of greater than 100 cm in some locations. These conditions have impacted hydropower electricity generation, fish habitat and forest health. Given the region’s extreme topographical gradients, newly produced dynamically downscaled datasets are used to help resolve and study changes on this landscape. This seminar looks at historical precipitation trends, rain/snow partitioning and precipitation intensities from…

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From science to action on climate change

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm4:00 pm
Akasofu 501, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775 United States

Seminar by visiting scientist Dr. Peter Frumhoff from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Response of major modes of eastern Arctic Ocean variability to climate change

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019 at 9:30 am10:30 am
Akasofu 401, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States

Join IARC for Till Baumann’s PhD thesis defense titled response of major modes of eastern Arctic Ocean variability to climate change. Till is advised by Igor Polyakov. Abstract: The Arctic Ocean plays a central role in ongoing climate change, with sea-ice loss being the most prominent indicator. In recent years, an increased influence of Atlantic inflows on sea-ice reduction was discovered. This encroaching atlantification of the easternArctic Ocean has substantial impact on the hydrography and ocean dynamics in the region.…

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September 2019

Women in Science Luncheon

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019 at 11:45 am1:15 pm
Akasofu 501, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775 United States

Join the Association for Women in Science, Alaska Chapter for an Alaska-themed potluck with Katharine Hayhoe. Katharine isa world-renowned climate scientist. She served as a lead author for the NationalClimate Assessments and was named one of FORTUNE’s world’s greatest leaders. Join her for potluck lunch and a discussion of: Obstacles as a woman scientist and a person of faith Climate change and watersheds Bring a dish to share. Alaska-themed foods welcomed!

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Climate change: from cutting-edge science to innovative solutions

Monday, Sep 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Salisbury Theatre, 1718 Tanana Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States
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Free

About the speaker- Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist who served as a lead author for the National Climate Assessments under the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations. She also is the director of Texas Tech’s Climate Science Center. Join her on September 9 for a public lecture as she shares her perspectives on climate change, science and future solutions. This free event is sponsored by the UAF Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy. Arrive early to explore how…

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August 2019

Microbiome and subducted carbon vulnerability in Arctic permafrost soils

Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm3:30 pm
Akasofu 401 United States

Arctic permafrost soils contain about half of the global soil organic C (approx. 1300 Pg). One third of this C is stored in subducted organic matter (cryoOM) by the cryoturbation processes.We here present results from the Arctic project that aimed at identifying the role of microbial functioning for OM decomposition in cryoturbated soils (Siberia, Greenland, Canada) and at assessing the potential vulnerability of this OM in a future climate. Our main findings were: 1. Abundance of bacteria and fungi closely…

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July 2019

ST Lee Young Scientist Exchange Lecture – Anthropogenic forcing: effects on extreme glacier mass-loss

Friday, Jul 26, 2019 at 11:00 am12:00 pm
Akasofu 401, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States
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This lecture is part of the S.T. Lee Young Scientist Exchange with Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Visiting scientist: Lauren Vargo Talk overview: Glaciers are unique indicators of climate change, and extreme glacier mass loss is becoming more common globally. While decadal glacier decline has been attributed to anthropogenic forcing, direct links between anthropogenic forcing and years of extreme glacier mass loss have not been documented. Event attribution methods have previously been applied to extreme heat, drought, and rainfall…

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Workshop: Arctic Change and Extreme Weather & Climate

Monday, Jul 22, 2019Friday, Jul 26, 2019
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, 401 E 6th Ave
Anchorage, Alaska 99501 United States

The goal of this workshop was to synthesize current knowledge and coordinate future research efforts to improve understanding of Arctic influence on extreme climate and weather.

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Association for Women in Science talk: field research meets rural Alaska

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Akasofu 501, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775 United States
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The Association for Women in Science, Alaska Chapter (AWIS-AK) invites you to their brown-bag meeting.  Speaker: Dr. Alexis Will, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institute of Polar Research, Japan.  Topic: Field research meets rural Alaska: mistakes, missteps, and moments of "aha!" Please bring a story or advice to share from your own experience working with and in rural communities.

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June 2019

Coast survey’s operations in Alaska

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 10:30 am11:30 am
Akasofu 401, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States
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Seminar by Bart Buesseler, Navigation Manager for the NOAA Office for Coast Surveys (OCS) about the operations that NOAA OCS conducts in Alaska. Topics: How are survey areas identified and selected?What kinds of data are acquired?What standards are used?What opportunities exist for collaboration?  Download presentation (PDF)

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Climate Physics Journal Club- Climate-scale predictability and variability of Alaska wildfire

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm2:00 pm
Akasofu 401, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States
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Presenter: Peter Bieniek. Wildfire in Interior Alaska is a key natural driver of the landscape and can be a hazard at the wildland-urban interface. Years with extreme wildfire activity in Alaska have increased in frequency in recent decades and are projected to continue to increase under climate change.

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May 2019

Arctic Research Open House

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm7:00 pm

Join us for an open house showcasing UAF Arctic research. Walk between numerous facilities to learn about current projects and meet scientists in climate science, geoscience, natural resources, social science and engineering. Tasty treats will be available from Blue Flame Street Side food truck. Free parking. Families welcome.

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IARC Salon- Communicating your science to the press

Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Please join the International Arctic Research Center for our May IARC Salon – Communicating your science to the press. Come hear perspectives and insights from: Ravenna Koenig - reporter at Alaska's Energy Desk, formerly with NPR Weekend EditionRick Thoman - Alaska climate specialist, regular contributor for KNOM, KDLG, KUAC, Nome Nugget; 441 media hits in last year including New York Times, Associated PressBrian Brettschneider - Climatologist, Forbes magazine contributor; 642 media hits in last year including Washington Post, New York…

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Climate Physics Journal Club- Arctic warming amplification & arctic-lower latitude linkages

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 2:30 pm3:30 pm

Presenter: Xiangdong Zhang. Surface air temperature increase has been amplified in the Arctic. However, the sparse observational network limits accurate estimates of Arctic warming. There is uncertainty in global warming rate, including the period of so-called “hiatus” from 1998-2012 as indicated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC AR5).

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April 2019

IARC Salon-Fostering an effective research environment for early-career researchers

Thursday, Apr 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Please join the International Arctic Research Center for our April IARC Salon – Fostering an effective research environment for early-career researchers. Come hear perspectives and insights from Rich Collins, Associate Director Geophysical Institute; Vladimir Alexeev, research professor International Arctic Research Center; William Simpson, snow chemist Geophysical Institute;  Syndonia Bret-Harte, ecosystem ecologist Institute of Arctic Biology. Light refreshments will be served.

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Lecture: Dante’s 9th circle of hell is ice

Monday, Apr 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm4:00 pm

Something to keep in mind when studying light and algae in polar ocean ecosystems  Samuel Laney, PhDAssociate Scientist, Biology Dept, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Numerous unusual aspects of marine photosynthetic ecology are found in polar oceans, one of which is the spatial juxtaposition of two distinctly different algal ecosystems: those living in sea ice, and those living in the water column below. These two systems have historically been treated separately, studied by two largely distinct research communities, yet they compete…

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March 2019

IARC Salon- Conservation of Arctic ecosystems

Thursday, Mar 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm3:00 pm
Akasofu 417 United States

Please join the International Arctic Research Center for our March IARC Salon – Conservation of Arctic marine ecosystems. Come hear perspectives and insights from Nicole Misarti of the Water and Environmental Research Center and marine ecologists Donna Hauser of IARC and Gay Sheffield of Nome Sea Grant. Light refreshments will be served.

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Japan – U.S. Arctic Science Collaboration 2019

Monday, Mar 4, 2019Saturday, Mar 9, 2019

Japan - U.S. Arctic Science Collaboration: Reflections on the Past Two Decades and Future Opportunities. March 2019, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. Download agenda and presentations

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February 2019

IARC Salon- Project leadership & management in research

Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm3:00 pm
Akasofu 401, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States

Please join the International Arctic Research Center for our first IARC Salon this semester – Project leadership & management in research. Come hear perspectives and insights from Pips Veazey, Alaska EPSCoR; Michael Castellini, UAF Graduate School and UArctic; and Rosemary Madnick, Office of Grants and Contracts Administration. Light refreshments will be served.

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Science for Alaska Lecture: Will defrosting the “icebox” lead to more summer wildfires in Alaska?

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Raven Landing Center, 1222 Cowles St.
Fairbanks, 99701 United States
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Randi Jandt will give a Science for Alaska lecture titled Will defrosting the "icebox" lead to more summer wildfires in Alaska? Jandt is an ecologist from the Alaska Fire Science Consortium, based at University of Alaska-Fairbanks' International Arctic Research Center.  She has a MS in Wildlife Management from UAF and 30 yrs field experience in Alaska as a fire ecologist, wildlife biologist and sometimes firefighter. In her current part-time posting with UAF she works with research groups from all over the…

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January 2019

My 60-year research life at UAF

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm2:00 pm
Akasofu 401, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States
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Syun-Ichi Akasofu will give a presentation on his research philosophy Thursday, Jan. 24, from 1-2 p.m. in Akasofu 401. “My research begins when I find observed facts which are inconsistent, contradictory or wrong in well-established theories,” he said. A professor emeritus of physics, Akasofu was the director of the Geophysical Institute from 1986 to 1999 and the founding director of the International Arctic Research Center from its establishment in 1998 until January 2007. For more information email Heather MacFarland at hrmcfarland@alaska.edu.

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December 2018

IARC First Friday

Dec 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm6:30 pm
Akasofu lobby

Join us for First Friday at the International Arctic Research Center in the Akasofu Building lobby. Artists include researchers, staff and friends of UAF West Ridge research groups. North Star String will provide live music starting at 3:15 pm. Contributors include: Hot Time in Cold Places by Margaret Rudolf and Matthew Sturm Chukchi Ecosystem Observatory by Claudine Hauri and Klara Maisch Fairbanks Sogetsu Class by Maiko Iwahana, Ronald Inouye, Hisako Suzuki Ito and Lucy Smyth Christina Buffington Jessie Young-Robertson Kimberly Cox Ned…

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IARC salon: Communicating science at AGU

Dec 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm3:30 pm
Akasofu 401, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States
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Join us for the December IARC Salon seminar on science communication at AGU. Experienced presenters John Walsh and Ned Rozell will give tips and tricks for giving a great science talk. John Walsh Ned Rozell There will also be time to get tips and feedback on your AGU flash talk or poster spiel

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November 2018

IARC Salon: Mental health in the sciences

Nov 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm3:00 pm
Akasofu 401, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States
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The November IARC Salon, IARC salon- mental health, will take place Thursday, Nov. 15, from 2-3 p.m. in Akasofu 401. Come hear perspectives and insights from Kaja Brix, Jessie Young-Robertson and Gunnar Ebbesson on mental health in a science career. Questions during the event are strongly encouraged and welcomed. Light refreshments will be served. For those who can’t make it in person: Join Hangouts Meet: meet.google.com/hyx-dmdx-uhh Join by phone: 931-805-5537‬ (PIN: ‪141 278 648‬#) For more information, email Heather McFarland at hrmcfarland@alaska.edu.

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October 2018

IARC Salon- Using social media in the sciences

Oct 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm3:00 pm
Akasofu 401, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States
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Please join the International Arctic Research Center for our first IARC Salon this academic year - Using social media in the sciences. Come hear how Brian Brettschneider, Rick Thoman, Kristin Timm, and Andrew Cassel use social media to further and support science communication and outreach. Light refreshments will be served.  

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S.T. Lee Fellowship Presentation- Stratovolcano mapping and paleoclimate: a complementary story of lava and ice

Oct 12, 2018 at 10:00 am11:00 am

Stratovolcanic deposits are potentially powerful paleoclimatic records: lavas can be radiometrically dated, lava geometries describe the thicknesses of ice masses at particular elevations, and water-supported deposits (e.g., hyaloclastites) describe subglacial ice structures. Although glaciovolcanism is not a new concept, it is underutilised in both stratovolcano mapping and paleoclimate studies. This talk looks beyond the well-known relationships between large volcanic eruptions and climatic response.

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September 2018

Chinese Academy of Science collaboration workshop 2018

Sep 27, 2018Sep 28, 2018
Akasofu 401, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States

The Arctic Cryosphere Changes and Their Impacts: Defining a Collaborative Research Agenda workshop focused on collaboration and science plan development between UAF-IARC and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Workshop presentations now available.

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National Institute of Polar Research seminar

Sep 7, 2018 at 10:00 am11:00 am

IARC is hosting a seminar with the National Institute of Polar Research of Japan. In this presentation, activities of NIPR will be introduced together with recent research topics. Various opportunities for international research collaborations will also be addressed.

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June 2018

Arctic climate change: Alternative futures

Jun 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm2:30 pm

While changes of sea ice and air temperature have received widespread media coverage, other changes in the cryosphere and the broader Arctic environment have been synthesized in recent assessment reports.

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Arctic Field Summer School: student presentations

Jun 8, 2018 at 8:00 am4:30 pm
Akasofu 501, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States
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Student presentations by the 2018 Arctic Field Summer School- Norway-Canada-USA collaboration

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May 2018

Google Drive- brown bag workshop

May 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm2:30 pm
Akasofu 401, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States
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IARC’s Nate Bauer will lead a brown bag workshop on Google Drive: introduction and integration.

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April 2018

Perspectives on citizen science in the Arctic

Apr 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Akasofu 401, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States
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IARC’s April Research Salon Series seminar will explore citizen science.

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March 2018

UAV applications in the Arctic

Mar 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Akasofu 417, 2160 Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775 United States
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IARC’s March Research Salon Series Seminar will explore unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Come learn about connecting machine and science to tell a story that you couldn’t tell before.

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March 2016

Arctic Science Summit Week 2016

Mar 8, 2016Mar 11, 2016

Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) is an annual gathering of international organizations involved in Arctic research. It is designed to strengthen collaborations across academia, government agencies, local communities, industry, non-governmental organizations and other Arctic stakeholders. The 2016 Summit was held in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA and included ASSW Business Meetings, the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials Meeting, the 2016 Arctic Observing Summit, and the first fully-developed Model Arctic Council. The International Arctic Assembly on 15 March was a day of dialogue…

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March 2015

Japan-U.S. Arctic Strategy and Policy Workshop 2015

Mar 5, 2015Mar 7, 2015

Based on the increasingly urgent need for scientific understanding and rational policies to guide Arctic decision making, investment, and development, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) convened a Japan-U.S. Arctic Strategy and Policy Workshop during the first week of March, 2015. This workshop explored topics of immediate urgency, long-term importance, and US-Japan cooperation. We are confident these workshop discussions will provide input both to Japan’s Arctic policy and to the execution…

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June 2000

Arctic Climate Impact Assessments 2000-2005

Jun 1, 2000Jun 1, 2005

Climate variability and change, and more recently, notable increases in UV radiation, have become important issues in the Arctic region over the past few decades. These issues have also prevailed in the international scientific and political scene for over a decade through major programs of scientific research (e.g., WCRP), through intergovernmental assessments (e.g., AMAP, IPCC, and WMO), and through international treaties, protocols and conventions.

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March 1995

Bering Sea Impact Study 1995-1999

Mar 1, 1995Apr 1, 1999

Our assessment of the impacts of climate change in Alaska and the Bering Sea region started in 1995 and has now spanned a period of almost five years, with workshops taking place each year. In 1995 our first workshop was on “Preparing for an Uncertain Future: Impacts of Short- and Long-Term Climate Change on Alaska.” In 1996, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) provided funds for an impact assessment on the Bering Sea under an IASC project called BESIS (Bering…

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