State of the Arctic Conference 2010: International Perspectives on Progress of Research Responsive to Decision-Makers’ Information Needs
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A conference to Evaluate the State of the Arctic System
In 2003, the U.S. Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) hosted an international meeting to review evidence of system-wide Arctic environmental change. Since then, rate and extent of such change have increased and are impacting Arctic communities, ecosystems, and society at large. The State of the Arctic (SoA) Conference, held in spring of 2010, brought together over 400 participants from 16 countries, including representatives of indigenous organizations, to exchange new findings from research in a changing Arctic. Reflecting the close coupling between different components of the Arctic system, the international conference organizing committee grouped contributions into four themes: (1) Advances in Understanding the Arctic System, Including Human Dimensions, (2), Arctic Change—Rapid, System-Scale Changes and the Capability to Project Future States of the Arctic System Under Various Scenarios, (3) Linkages to the Earth...
KeywordsArctic Council Intensive Observation Period Beaufort Gyre Arctic Community Arctic System
We acknowledge the work of the SoA Organizing Committee under its Chair Peter Schlosser and the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S., under Executive Director Susan Fox, in organizing the conference; funding was provided by the National Science Foundation and several additional sponsors (http://soa.arcus.org).
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