search arctic alertsArctic Alerts 2016 Media Roundtable

Event Type: Lectures/Panels/Discussions

When: 13 July 2016, 1:00 - 3:00 pm EDT (17:00 - 19:00 UTC)

Where: The National Press Club: 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045, USA


The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) announces ARCTIC ALERTS 2016, a media roundtable in which Arctic researchers will outline the unprecedented changes taking place in the Arctic environment and the local and global consequences.

So far, 2016 is revealing unprecedented changes in the Arctic environment. Over the past 120 years, as greenhouse gases accumulated in the Earth’s atmosphere, the global average temperature has increased by 0.78°C (1.4°F). In Alaska and throughout the Arctic, however, the increase has been twice the global average. The Arctic’s diminishing sea ice, thawing permafrost, and melting ice sheets and glaciers are amplifying both regional and global climate warming, as well as intensifying the impacts. Records in air temperature, ice melt, spring snow cover loss, and extreme weather events are interconnected. Current observations of rapid Arctic environmental change continue to illuminate these connections and their societal implications.

SEARCH advances and communicates scientific understanding to help society respond to a rapidly changing Arctic. In this media roundtable, SEARCH highlights recent rapid changes in the Arctic that have global implications.

The roundtable will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on 13 July 2016 from 1-3 pm (EDT). Five brief presentations by scientific experts will be followed by questions from—and discussions with—journalists. In addition to the presenters, other scientific experts will be available to address journalists’ questions.

This roundtable is designed as a discussion between the researchers and journalists, so the hosts won't be taking questions from the audience. Nonetheless, others are welcome to take part in the event in listen-only mode.

A tentative agenda is available on the ARCUS website.

Please notify Brendan Kelly () if you plan to take part in the event.