SEARCH, the Sea Ice Action Team and the National Academies' Polar Research Board have convenend a call for abstracts for the Session #8477 of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, titled "Global Eyes on the New Arctic: Impacts of Rapid Warming on Ecosystems, Society & Policy". 

The AGU Fall Meeting will be held in San Francisco (CA) on 14-18 December 2015, and it will bring together Earth and space sciences community for discussions of emerging trends and the latest research. The technical program includes presentations on new and cutting-edgeAmerican Geophysical Union - Fall Meting 2012 science, much of which has not yet been published.  The AGU Fall meeting is now in its 48th year (for more information, please click here).

The session "Global Eyes on the New Arctic: Impacts of Rapid Warming on Ecosystems, Society & Policy" is organized by Lauren M. Everett, Jennifer Ann Francis, Hajo Eicken, and Henry Huntington.

Session Description

Once considered a frozen and desolate region, irrelevant to all except those who live and/or work there, the Arctic has recently become a literal and figurative "hot spot" of interest to the world. Rapid disintegration of sea- and land-ice is hampering indigenous ways of life and disrupting natural systems while also creating new opportunities for commerce and other human activities. This session will illuminate our rapidly evolving understanding of the effects of system-wide Arctic change on physical, ecological, societal, and political domains well beyond traditional Arctic boundaries and vice-versa.

Session Guest Speakers:

  • Julie Gourley, U.S. Senior Arctic Official at the U.S. State Department
  • Larry Hamilton, Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire
  • Brendan Kelly, Director of Conservation Research and Chief Scientistat the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Andrew Revkin, Senior Fellow at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and The New York Times Dot Earth blogger

Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday, 5 August 2015 (11:59 p.m. EDT)

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