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Arctic Daily Update: April 18, 2016


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April 18, 2016  
   
 
  
Having trouble accessing the White House Arctic website? It's due to fed. govt requirements for internet security (you gotta use the prefix "https://". Pls use the full website address (URL) below.
 
White House Arctic Executive Steering Committee announces 
the launch of its website (https://www.arctic.gov/aesc) which includes a subscription email service for periodic updates and announcements. President Obama established the Committee in 2015 to enhance coordination of Arctic efforts across the federal government. The website shares highlights, news, publications, policy documents, upcoming events, and links. USARC's Chair, Fran Ulmer, is a member of the Committee.
 
Today's Congressional Action:  
The House and Senate are in session.  The House is expected to consider the Federal Aviation Administration authorization and may begin consideration of the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies appropriations bill.
 
 
Media 
 
As Shrubs Expanded into a Warming Arctic, Moose Followed. Shrubs expanding northward into a warming Arctic -- and growing taller as they did -- paved the way for moose to expand their range northward too. That's the finding of a newly published study by scientists with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the U.S. Geological Survey. The long-legged ungulates were absent from Alaska's northernmost tundra regions in the second half of the 19th century and the early 20th century, but in recent decades, populations have spread along the rivers and streams that flow into the Arctic Ocean, said the study, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE. Alaska Dispatch News
 
Nunavut Wildlife Board Ponders Fate of Threatened Shore Bird. You might not know the red-necked phalarope by name, but the small wading bird breeds in all three regions of Nunavut during the summer months. And Environment and Climate Change Canada is asking Nunavut's wildlife regulatory board for support in listing the bird as a species of "Special Concern" under the federal Species at Risk Act, according to documents found on the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board's website. The wildlife board will hold a written public consultation and accept written input until June 1, an April 1 letter from the board said. Nunatsiaq Online
 
crab Ocean Acidification Could Erode Bering Sea Crab Stocks Within the Next 20 Years. Increasingly corrosive oceans are raising more red flags for Bering Sea crab stocks. Results from a first two-year project on baby Tanner crabs show that higher ocean acidity (pH) affects both their shell production and the immune systems. Bairdi Tanner crab, the larger cousins of snow crab, are growing into one of Alaska's largest crab fisheries with a nearly 20 million pound harvest this season. "We put mom crabs from the Bering Sea in a tank, and allowed her embryos to grow and hatch in an acidified treatment," explained project leader Bob Foy, director of the NOAA Fisheries laboratory at Kodiak. Alaska Dispatch News 
 
Experts: Natives' Nomadic Tradition Waning, But Their Connection with the Land Persists. Tim Oakley may by now finally have caught up on sleep lost during a monthlong expedition through northern Yukon Territory and Alaska, when he retraced the route taken more than a century ago by legendary Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. He's now working on a report of his journey for the Royal Geographical Society. KUAC
 
This Week in the Arctic: Canada's Quest for a Deep-water Arctic Port.deep-water Arctic port has long been sought in the United States, either at Nome or a nearby site, but the Canadian territory of Nunavut is also seeking such a port. Earlier this year, the new Liberal government said it would continue plans for an upgrade launched under the preceding Conservative government, and that promise took on new urgency in late February when a Canadian fishing vessel took on water in Davis Strait before being rescued and eventually escorted to Nuuk, Greenland. The escort was from the Danish Navy, while a Canadian helicopter launched from almost 1,300 miles away in Nova Scotia. Alaska Dispatch News
 
russian flag Russian Navy to Continue Arctic, Antarctic Research. he Russian Navy will continue its research work in the Arctic and the Antarctic, Russian Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief Vice-Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov said on Friday. "The Antarctic region is primarily of interest as a continent of peace, a continent without weapons. That is why, the Navy also accomplishes peaceful tasks there, in particular, the exploration of both Arctic and southern seas," Fedotenkov said during a ceremony of welcoming the vessel Admiral Vladimirsky, which had returned from the expedition to the Antarctic. TASS
 
 
Legislative Action 
 
No Arctic legislation was formally considered Friday.
 
 
Future Events
 
Service-Learning in Undergraduate Geosciences: A Workshop, April 20-21, 2016 (Washington, DC). Pre-register here to participate in the NSF-funded workshop "Service-Learning in Undergraduate Geosciences" that will be held at the National Academies of Sciences in Washington D.C. on April 20 & 21. This workshop will focus on what is currently happening in service-learning in the geosciences and what can be learned from service-learning in other disciplines.
 
Alaska Rural Energy Conference, April 26-28, 2016 (Fairbanks, Alaska, USA). The Alaska Rural Energy Conference is a three day event offering a large variety of technical sessions covering new and ongoing energy projects in Alaska, as well as new technologies and needs for Alaska's remote communities. Building on the growing success, the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power have joined forces again to organize and sponsor the 10th annual Alaska Rural Energy Conference.   
 
Regional and Global Implications of Changing Permafrost, April 28, 2016 (Washington, DC USA). There is growing realization of the strong interactions between degradation of near-surface permafrost on the dynamics of ecosystems, and that these interactions together influence local and global environmental, economic, and social systems. This presentation will discuss the use of synthesis science by both the SEARCH Permafrost Action Team and Permafrost Carbon Network to identify and understand the widespread implications of changing permafrost at both regional and local scales.  This presentation is part of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States Arctic Research Seminar Series.
 
High North Dialogue 2016: The Blue Future of the Arctic, May 25-26, 2016. HND is an annual conference hosted by the High North Center at Nord University, engaging a wide audience of researchers and future leaders of the region. It will address the necessary questions to effectively promote dialogue between interested stakeholders on how to sustainably develop the different realities of the many Arctics. PhD and Masters students can also participate in a week long credit awarding graduate course.
 
Bridging the Future of Arctic Social Science Research, May 31-June 2, 2016 (Providence, Rhode Island, USA). The event is sponsored by Arctic Horizons. The workshop will bring together researchers working on multidisciplinary natural/social science projects addressing issues of contemporary change in the North with social scientists focused on policy development at a global scale. This focus draws on the expertise of Brown University's Watson Center for International Studies (http://watson.brown.edu), the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES, http://www.brown.edu/academics/institute-environment-society/about), and the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology's (http://www.brown.edu/haffenreffer) six-decade engagement with northern people and northern heritage.

14th IATS Seminar, June 19-25, 2016 (Bergen, Norway). The University of Bergen (UiB) is honored to host the 14th IATS Seminar in Bergen, Norway, from Sunday 19 to Saturday 25 June 2016 in co-operation with the Network for University Co-operation Tibet-Norway, an academic network with the universities of Oslo, Bergen and Tromsø as partners. The convenor is Professor Hanna Havnevik, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, and Chair of the Network.
 
11th International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP 2016), June 20-24, 2016 (Potsdam, Germany). The Alfred Wegener Institute has teamed up with UP Transfer GmbH and the University of Potsdam to organize a great conference for you, permafrost researchers. The conference aims at covering all relevant aspects of permafrost research, engineering and outreach on a global and regional level.
 
Bridging the Future of Arctic Social Science Research, September 23-24, 2016 (Monticello, Rhode Island, USA). The event is sponsored by Arctic Horizons.  The event will reassemble the members of the National Steering Committee and a small but diverse selection of representatives from the five regional workshops, to total about 15 people. The aim will be to identify and synthesize the core threads of the previous workshops and public contributions proffered between workshops. The target output for the workshop will be a final report draft and outline of steps leading to the final report release in June 2016. The Jefferson Institute will manage production of the publication.
 
Second International Conference on Natural Resources and Integrated Development of Coastal Areas in the Arctic Zone, September 27-29, 2016 (Arkhangelsk, Russia). The Conference is organized by FASO of Russia, Russian Academy of Sciences, Government of Arkhangelsk region, Arkhangelsk Scientific Center and International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). Conference is aimed at elaboration of research-based practical measures and instruments for realization of human, natural and transport-logistical potential of the Arctic zone, including development of the Northern Sea Route and implementation of models of integrated coastal areas management. For additional information, please email.
  
Inuit traditions are a repository of Inuit culture and a primary expression of Inuit identity. The theme for the 2016 Inuit Studies Conference invites Elders, knowledge-bearers, researchers, artists, policy-makers, students and others to engage in conversations about the many ways in which traditions shape understanding, while registering social and cultural change. The institutional hosts of "Inuit Traditions," Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Nunatsiavut Government, invite you to contribute to an exchange of knowledge to be held in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, October 7-10, 2016. Presentations on all aspects of Inuit studies will be welcome.
 
 

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