- 2010 State of the Arctic Conference:
- At the Forefront of Global Change
- 16–19 March 2010
- Hyatt Regency Miami
- Miami, Florida
- Final Program
|Monday, 15 March 2010: Registration Open 1:00 - 9:00 p.m.|
|Day 1||Tuesday, 16 March 2010 (Plenary Sessions in Regency Ballroom)|
|7:30 a.m. -
|Registration and Continental Breakfast|
|Introduction and Overview|
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Remarks from the National Science Foundation
|9:05 a.m.|| |
NOAA's Arctic Mission: Connecting Sound Science with Conservation, Management, and Use
|9:30 a.m.|| |
Sustain Arctic Science, Sustain the Arctic, Sustain the World
The Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group
Local Indigenous Perspectives on the Arctic
Arctic in Transition: The Need for a New Science Agenda
|Theme 1: Advances in Understanding the Arctic System, Including Human Dimensions|
Tipping Points, Positive Feedback Switches, and the Potential for Rapid Change in Arctic Ecosystems
Challenge, Risk, and Opportunity: The Human Dimensions of a Changing Arctic
|12:10 p.m.||LUNCH (On Your Own)|
International Research Highlights
4:35 p.m.: Climate Changes in the Arctic Ocean and the European Community Contribution During the 4th IPY
4:55 p.m.: Joint IARC/JAXA Research Program on Arctic Wild Fire Using Multi Satellite Sensors
5:15 p.m.: Russian Research Highlights for the Arctic
|5:35 p.m. -
Poster Session I/reception/hors d' oeuvres with cash bar (Riverfront Hall)
|Day 2||Wednesday, 17 March 2010 (Plenary Sessions in Regency Ballroom)|
|8:00 a.m.||Continental Breakfast|
Welcome and review of Tuesday
|Theme 2: Arctic Change—Rapid, System-Scale Changes and the Capability to Project Future States of the Arctic System Under Various Scenarios|
Arctic Change: Impacts on Marine Ecosystems Services
The Sea Ice is Our Highway: The Human Dimension of Arctic Change
|12:45 p.m.||LUNCH (On Your Own) (Student Luncheon in Foster Room)|
|Theme 3: Linkages to the Earth System—Linkages and Feedbacks Between the Arctic System and the Earth System|
Linkages Between the Arctic and the Earth System: What Should We Be Watching?
Socioecological State Changes in the Arctic: Implications for Governance
Poster Session II Begins (Riverfront Hall - Cash Bar Available)
|7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.||
Dinner on the Riverwalk Deck: "Florribbean Fiesta" (Poster Session Continues)
|Day 3||Thursday, 18 March 2010 (Plenary Sessions in Regency Ballroom)|
|8:00 a.m.||Continental Breakfast|
Welcome and Review of Wednesday
|Theme 4: Human Dimensions of Arctic Change—Translating Research into Solutions|
Developing and Sustaining an Arctic Ocean Observing System
Arctic Change: Turning Science Into Policy and Action
Panel: Intersections between Science and Policy in a Changing Arctic
Decisions Matter: Why and How We Make Choices that Impact the Environment
|LUNCH (On Your Own; See Parallel Session Agendas for Times)|
Final Plenary Discussion and Synthesis
Main Conference Sessions Adjourn
|Day 4||Friday, 19 March 2010: International Coordination (Regency Ballroom)|
|8:00 a.m.||Continental Breakfast|
Open and Welcome
Perspectives on International Collaboration
Perspectives on International Collaboration – UNESCO and the IOC
International Arctic Science: A Vision for the Future
|10:00 a.m.||Short Break for Coffee|
Progress and Pitfalls in International Arctic Science – Perspectives from the International Community
International Polar Year (IPY)
World Wildlife Fund
International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON)
Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment
International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC)
Developing Arctic Modeling and Observing Capabilities for Long-term Environmental Studies (DAMOCLES, EU Integrated Project)
Study of Environmental Arctic Change (USA)
International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA)
National Ice Center (USA)
World Meteorological Organization/Gobal Cryosphere Watch
Circumpolar Flaw Lead Study
Present Day Processes and Past Changes (PPS Arctic IPY Project)
Pavel Groisman, National Climatic Data Center
|1:10 p.m.||LUNCH (On Your Own)|
Hon. Lisa Murkowski, Senator from Alaska
Panel Discussion: How Can National and International Agencies Address an International Research Agenda Over the Long-term?
Open Discussion and Summary
Theme 1 Sessions: Advances in Understanding the Arctic System, Including Human Dimensions
- 1.1 Advances in Understanding Arctic System Components
Contributions on progress in observing and understanding diverse arctic system components (e.g., terrestrial systems, marine biology, cryosphere, hydrosphere, socioeconomic dynamics, paleo perspective). Contributions can focus on local, regional, or pan-arctic scales. This session is appropriate for disciplinary contributions on aspects of the arctic system. Observational and modeling studies are encouraged.
- 1.2 Understanding the Linkages and Feedbacks Between the Arctic System Components
Contributions on new insights into the functioning of the integrated arctic system derived from discipline-oriented studies. Contributions can be drawn from local, regional, and pan-arctic scales. Examples include: interactions between ocean, atmosphere, and sea ice; interactions between global and local change on living conditions in the Arctic; consequences of thawing permafrost on hydrology and ecology; retreat of sea ice on marine biology; etc.
- 1.3 Approaches to Integrated Studies of the Arctic System
Contributions including studies on pan-arctic scales (observations, synthesis, modeling) aimed at understanding the complex interactions and feedbacks between the arctic system components. Explorations on our understanding of how the interactions of the individual components of the system shape its overall dynamics.
- 1.4 Challenges in Arctic System Studies
Contributions on the limits of our present methods for studies of the arctic system in an integrated fashion (e.g., limits to observing capacity, lack of regional models, challenge of downscaling from global/regional to regional/local levels). Contributions should address how our ability to answer the key scientific questions concerning arctic environmental change is limited by the lack of observational coverage, modeling capability and/or capacity, knowledge of how well the arctic system can be projected, etc.
Theme 2 Sessions: Arctic Change
- 2.1 Observations of Arctic Change
Contributions on recent observations of arctic change in all components of the arctic system, including human dimensions and the impact of change across components. Contributions can range in scope from studies of individual sites to the pan-arctic scale. Integrated data sets covering two or more subsystems of the Arctic are encouraged. Reports from repeat observations and time series outlining variability and/or trends in the observed variables are especially welcome.
- 2.2 Design and Optimization of an Integrated Arctic Observing System
Contributions on results from existing and emerging networks with the goal to derive information on optimization of Arctic Observing Systems. Multiple methodologies to analyze the results from observing systems with respect to the optimum number of sensors and frequency of measurement required for addressing scientific questions. Empirical observing system design studies and Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs) are encouraged, as are modeling contributions to the optimization of arctic observing systems. Emphasis will be on how these elements will contribute to the science questions guiding arctic environmental change studies. Contributions that address integration of observing system components across several subsystems are especially encouraged.
- 2.3 Arctic Change and Natural Variability
It is still not well understood to which extent anthropogenic trends and natural variability in the Arctic interact with each other and produce the observed patterns of change. In order to separate these signals, we need a solid understanding of the natural variability on all scales in the arctic system derived from instrumental records, paleo proxies and modeling studies. This session solicits contributions focusing on natural variability obtained by these methods and their contribution to the observed arctic change signal.
- 2.4 Understanding Arctic Change and Projection of Future States of the Arctic System
Capability to project the present state of the arctic system to future states under different forcing scenarios. Contributions on projection of single domains, as well as the integrated arctic system including the human domain on different time scales (seasonal, interannual, decadal, centennial) using a variety of approaches (for example, examining persistence of trends, statistical models, or numerical models) are encouraged.
- 2.5 Responses to Arctic Change
Contributions on ongoing adaptation of the arctic system to the observed change, as well as on options to design strategies that would minimize the adverse effects resulting from expected future change. Contributions include studies on ongoing adaptation, as well as those of possible measures to deal with changing environmental parameters, landscapes, permafrost patterns, shipping routes, population and socioeconomic shifts.
Theme 3 Sessions: Linkages to the Earth System
- 3.1 Interactions Between the Arctic and the Earth System
Contributions that examine the principal mechanisms that couple the Arctic to the Earth system, including large-scale atmospheric teleconnections, ocean circulation, hydrological cycle, human activities such as migration, land use and resource development, and other processes.
- 3.2 The Arctic System and Low-Latitude Forcing
Contributions on the forcing of arctic change through human activities or natural processes at lower latitudes, such as socio-economic drivers and the impacts of globalization or societal change, the emission of greenhouse gases, aerosols and short-lived pollutants, or large-scale catastrophic events such as major volcanic eruptions.
- 3.3 Arctic System Change
- 3.4 Heterogeneity and Resilience of Human-Rangifer Systems: A Circumpolar Social-Ecological Synthesis
This session examines Human-Rangifer (caribou and reindeer) interactions as coupled social-ecological systems to explore regional heterogeneity and the resilience of these systems to global change. The Human-Rangifer system is defined as the set of ecological-social processes that include bio-physical interactions, socio-economic dynamics, and the role of social institutions in shaping human adaptation. Resilience is the amount of disturbance to individual or multiple components that the system can accommodate without fundamental change to structure or function.
Theme 4 Sessions: Human Dimensions of Arctic Change: Translating Research into Solutions
- 4.1 Defining the Solution Space
Contributions on stakeholder needs and desires for responding, adapting to and mitigating arctic change; the role of researchers in defining problems and solutions; the integration of stakeholder knowledge, including indigenous and local knowledge, and the role of science, education and technology in solution development.
- 4.2 Establishing Priorities for Mitigation and Adaptation and Evaluating Solutions
Contributions on ways to establish and evaluate priorities for problem solving. Evaluations of new and ongoing efforts to develop solutions for responding and/or adapting to a changing arctic are strongly encouraged.
- 4.3 Communicating Knowledge and Information
Contributions on new and innovative approaches to the communication of scientific information about arctic change to a broad array of stakeholders. Particularly encouraged are papers that evaluate current methods and their effectiveness for enabling the use of scientific information in policy development across multiple scales of organization, in educational including curriculum development, in the popular and mass media, and at the level of the individual.
- 4.4 The Interface of Science and Policy
This session provides a forum for discussion of the utility of different theoretical frameworks (e.g. resilience thinking) to policy makers and the information they need from scientists, the effectiveness of policy instruments such as the Arctic Council, and the influence of policy decisions on different sectors and aspects of the arctic system such as natural resource extraction, transportation, and adaptation initiatives.
- 4.5. Panel: Issues and Options for Strengthening Governance and Management of the Arctic
Pavva Iñupiaq Dancers
The Pavva Iñupiaq Dancers are a group of residents in Fairbanks, Alaska formed to preserve and interpret the culture and traditions of the Iñupiat peoples of the arctic region through song and dance. Fairbanks is in the interior of Alaska, and the name "Pavva," which in Iñupiaq means "away from shore, landwards, mountainwards" was chosen. The group chose this name because they live away from the arctic region where dance members, their parents, or their grandparents originally lived.
Panel Discussion: Issues and Options for Strengthening Governance and Management of the Arctic
The very nature of the arctic environment is changing quite rapidly in the 21st century. In the face of those changing conditions there is also a rapid move to expand the exploitation of arctic resources ranging from oil and gas to fisheries. This panel session will provide a full discussion of the various perspectives regarding the need for improvement in, and options for, managing the Arctic.
2:15 pm: Panel Presentations
Panel Chair: William M. Eichbaum, VP for Arctic and Marine Policy, WWF-US. Mr. Eichbaum will chair the panel and will also present the views of WWF concerning strengthening governance of the Arctic.
Udloriak Hanson, Senior Policy Liason for Nunnavit Tunngovick, Inc.
David Monsma, Executive Director, Energy and Environment Program, Aspen Institute
Brooks Yeager, Ex-VP, Clean Air-Cool Planet
Oran Young, University of California, Santa Barbara
3:15 pm: Open Discussion
3:45 pm: Session Adjourns