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The State of the Arctic Conference: "At the Forefront of Global Change" will be held 16-19 March 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, Florida, USA. The main goal of the conference is to review our understanding of the arctic system in a time of rapid environmental change.
It will provide an open international forum for discussion of future research directions aimed toward a better understanding of the arctic system and its trajectory. Topics will range from basic understanding of the Arctic and system-wide change to developing response strategies to adapt and mitigate change. The conference also will provide an opportunity for resource management and service agencies to link the most recent science findings to their objectives and priorities. All of the sessions have been designed to include human dimensions and social science research to ensure a balanced portfolio in conference talks and discussions.
Major science themes will include:
- Advances in arctic system understanding - the basic functioning of the arctic system, including all of its human dimensions;
- Arctic change - rapid, system-scale changes and the capability to project future states of the arctic system under various scenarios;
- Linkages to the Earth system - linkages and feedbacks between the arctic system and the Earth system; and
- Translating research into solutions - informed solutions to the problems caused by environmental change.
As a milestone event conceived and developed by the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) and the Arctic System Science (ARCSS) Program communities, major funding will be provided by the National Science Foundation Division of Arctic Sciences. Several other national and international sponsors and partners are participating in conference planning and design.
The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) is organizing the conference on behalf of the arctic community and sponsoring organizations.