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The Arctic Gateway

When: Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 ; 3:00pm – 5:00pm ET

Climate change is transforming the Arctic. Warmer temperatures on land and in the ocean, retreating sea ice and glaciers, thawing permafrost, range expansion of novel species and stress in native species, changing ocean chemistry, and altered seasons are all contributing to rapid and significant alteration of the region. At the same time, globalization and increasing international interest in the region add new pressures for access, land use change, and geopolitical positioning in the Arctic.

Most U.S. government responses to the dramatic changes in the Arctic are modest and incremental. Developing a process to identify feasible and sustainable adaptation options, evaluate them, and build consensus among the essential stakeholders and relevant decision-makers is difficult. But that is exactly what is needed given the scale of the decisions required for effective responses.

Join the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute, in collaboration with the Environmental Change & Security Program and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Arctic Initiative, for a discussion about how to create new modes to evaluate, engage and manage the changes taking place in the Arctic and around the world.