The outcomes of the White House Arctic Science Ministerial that brought together science ministers and other high-level officials from more than 20 nations are publicly available.
Panelists included officials from the White House, NSF, and from participants in the Ministerial from Russia, Finland, South Korea, and the European Commission. The event also included a reception and special presentations including: a new 3D film about Greenland; the NASA “PufferSphere” interactive system; and a demonstration of the new digital elevation model of the Arctic.
At the White House event, ministers of science, chief science advisors, and other officials from countries around the world, as well as representatives from indigenous groups, addressed the collective actions and innovative collaborations needed to enhance scientific understanding of the rapidly changing Arctic.
Study in Progress
- Arctic Matters: Understanding How the Arctic is Changing and What it Means for People and Places Around the Globe: A Symposium
Events of Interest
- Arctic Environmental Change: Local, Regional, Global Drivers and Impacts
Tuesday, 13 December 2016; 8:00 – 10:00 am; Moscone West – 3005
- Sustained Observations of Rapid Arctic Change: Scientific and Technological Advances, Observing System Design and Implementation, Findings from Long-Term Observations – Posters
Tuesday, 13 December 2016; 8:00 – 12:20 pm; Moscone South – Poster Hall
- Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space Town Hall
Tuesday, 13 December 2016; 12:30-1:30 pm; Moscone West – 2007
Event Recap: PRB Fall Meeting
The PRB fall meeting was held Nov. 17-18 in Washington, DC. Along with the usual project updates and strategic planning discussions, Board members engaged with federal agency representatives and numerous other stakeholders on topics such as:
- updates on recent Arctic science and policy developments, such as the new IARPC five year plan, the White House Arctic Science Ministerial event, and the Arctic Council agreement on international scientific cooperation;
- information about current IASC and SCAR initiatives, and plans for the ‘Polar2018’ Open Science Conference (to be held jointly between IASC and SCAR);
- outcomes of recent workshops (e.g., A 5°C Arctic in a 2°C World, U.S.-Russia workshop on black carbon emissions);
- the new NSF research initiative (sponsored jointly with the UK) on The Future of Thwaites Glacier and its Contribution to Sea-level Rise; and
- critical recent advances in permafrost research, and implications for informing the needs of policy makers.