Summary Arctic Change 2014 Conference

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Arctic Change 2014 Conference took place last week, 8 – 12 of December in Ottawa, capital city of Canada.Climate change and Arctic issues, including the health of Northerners, melting sea-ice, intercontinental shipping, resource exploration, and the expansion of national jurisdictions, are moving to the top of national and international agendas.

Circumpolar nations face an increased urgency to expand the observational basis needed to formulate strategies and policies that will minimize the negative impacts and maximize the positive outcomes of the on-going transformation of the Arctic.

Building on the success of its annual scientific meeting, the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence and its national and international partners welcomed the international Arctic research community to Ottawa for the International Arctic Change 2014 Conference.

Coinciding with the pinnacle of Canada’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, Arctic Change 2014 welcomed the participation of international researchers, students, policy and decision makers, representatives of government and non-government organisations, the private sector, northern stakeholders and media to address the global challenges and opportunities arising from climate change and modernisation in the circum-Arctic.

With over 1000 participants expected to attend, Arctic Change 2014 was one of the largest trans-sectoral international Arctic research conference ever held in Canada.

The session “T38A. Permafrost Landscapes in Transition in the Arctic and Subarctic”, the session with the most contributions, was co-chaired by IPA President Antoni Lewkowicz, IPA EC member Hugues Lantuit and Scott Lamoureux from Queen´s University, Canada.

Click here for more information and to watch videos from the conference.

Click here for a report entitled “Cooling interest in a warming Arctic?” on Germany´s international btoadcaster (DW) with Hugues Lantuit.