Arctic Matters Day: a public symposium

Thursday, January 14, 2016   9:00 – 5:00
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20001

Arctic Matters Day was a free public program, hosted at the NAS building in Washington, DC, that provided an overview of the dramatic environmental changes affecting the Arctic region, and the many ways that such changes can ultimately affect us all. Through an array of engaging presentations, discussions, and interactive displays, we explored how many facets of our lives (for instance, our coastlines, our weather, our fish supplies, and our security) are tied to what is happening in that “isolated” part of the world.

Our Hosts

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Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts- Amherst James White, University of Colorado-Boulder

Agenda highlights:

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Exhibit Highlights

  • Frontier Scientists, UAF: Arctic UAVs—an Alaskan Game
  • Hands-on Extreme Cold Weather gear and real Arctic lab equipment from the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS)
  • The Nature Conservancy: Alaska ShoreZone: A Photographic Journey along Alaska’s Arctic Coast
  • Arctic sea ice extent visualizations from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
  • Sea Level Rise simulation from Climate Central and the Union of Concerned Scientists
  • PolarSeeds: Visualization and sonification of  data on Greenland ice sheet
  • EcoChains: A card game to learn about the Arctic marine foodweb, the role of sea ice, and potential impact of ecosystem changes

See full list of exhibitors and exhibits