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The State of the Arctic


Where climate change is concerned, the Arctic region acts as a harbinger: the extremely sensitive Arctic system reacts earlier and more profoundly to anthropogenic climate change than many other regions. And as climate change progresses, it is also projected to experience greater environmental changes than other places on earth. As such, it has become an important region of study for climate scientists.

From March 16 to 19, the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. will hold a State of the Arctic conference for researchers to share understanding of the arctic system, the changes it is predicted to undergo, its interactions with other earth systems, and how to translate research on environmental change into informed solutions. Columbia Climate Center Director Peter Schlosser chaired the conference’s organizing committee and will open the program, which also includes talks by NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and NSF Director Arden Bement.

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Miami, and the organizers encourage students, young investigators, educators and members of northern communities to attend. Take a look at the outreach video for more information on the impetus for the conference:

Poster abstracts for the conference are due by February 1, and the deadline for early-bird registration is January 31.

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14 years ago

Great post. People have to eventually come to the conclusion that we we can not just be consumers of energy, we have to do what we can to become producers through renewable energy as well.