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Arctic Daily Update: July 19, 2016


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July 19, 2016  
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Collaboration with Rural Alaskans: The Driftwood Harvest in a Changing Climate, July 19, 2016 (Webinar). As part of the OneNOAA Science Seminar Series, ACCAP Climate Webinar will sponsor this event. The webinar will consider a study that examined flood events in the Yukon River with the goal of understanding how actual or perceived changes in driftwood availability are related to river hydrology and how future changes in hydrology may affect the driftwood harvest.
 
Today's Congressional Action:  
The House and Senate are not in session.
 
Media   
 
permafrost Scientists Expanding Network of Observers to Better Track Arctic Climate Change Impacts. Scientists like Jeremy Mathis are building a new international system for observing the many changes under way around the circumpolar north triggered by the warming climate - changes that are being monitored by sensors on land, sea, air and space. And, by people - such as residents of remote villages. These are the folks that need sustained observations in the Arctic the most," says Mathis, because they're the ones closest to the land, on which they depend for subsistence; and they're the ones affected most directly by coastal erosion and other climate change impacts. KUAC
 
[Opinion] Arctic Satellites Should Serve Northerns. On Oct. 6, 2011, the Arctic was cut off from the rest of Canada for 16 hours. A software glitch on a satellite caused 56 communities to lose internet and long-distance telephone service. Businesses and government offices shut down; dozens of flights were cancelled. The outage was not a surprise. Arctic communications are currently provided from satellites in geostationary orbit, directly above the equator - at the limits, and sometimes beyond, the required direct line of sight. Connectivity is slow, expensive and unreliable. Nunatsiaq Online
 
Studies Set to Start on Pond Inlet Harbor Project. Nunavut stakeholders and Pond Inlet residents can now weigh in on plans to study the site where the north Baffin community's new small craft harbour, quarry and breakwater are set to be built. At the same time that preliminary studies get underway for Iqaluit's proposed deep sea port, crews will also start geotechnical and environmental baseline studies around the proposed small craft harbour and breakwater in Pond Inlet and a potential quarry area outside the community of roughly 1,500 people. Nunatsiaq Online
 
Chinaflag More Chinese Vessels to Sail the Arctic: Shipping Firm. Chinese shipping giant COSCO plans to send three cargo ships through the Arctic Ocean this summer, according to a statement, as the company expands services on a route global warming is making more viable. The "Northeast Passage" -- an Arctic itinerary north of Russia -- is icebound for much of the year, but climate change is making it more accessible, potentially shrinking journey times to Europe, and China sees the opportunity to reshape global trade flows. Space Daily
 
Salmon Sharks Might Play a Role in King Salmon Declines. Is the warm belly of the salmon shark the answer to the decline of the king salmon in Western Alaska? Fisheries biologist Andy Seitz likes to think it is, based on astonishingly high temperatures transmitted from electronic tagging devices attached to the chinooks. From somewhere in the Bering Sea where the highest temperatures are around 50 degrees Fahrenheit and often close to freezing, came readings between 70 and 75 degrees, comfortable room temperature, but a mysterious "tropical oasis" in the famously frigid waters. Alaska Dispatch News
 
Polar Research Warms Up. In this edition of Futuris we travel to northern Sweden, some 150kms north of the Artic Circle where winter temperatures can fall to -45ºc. Now, however, it's thaw season, writes our correspondent Julian Lopez Gomez: "It's a very short and ideal period for research in this extreme environment so scientists are studying the complex interaction between subarctic plants and their pollinators." Euro News
 
Inuit Elders Tell Their Experience of Arctic Climate Change. A new book looks at the human side of climate change in the Arctic. It's called "The Caribou Taste Different Now-Inuit elders observe climate change." While scientists continue to document and gather data on Arctic changes, two researchers talked to elders to get their personal observations of how things are changing. The observations range from melting permafrost, to changes in animal migration, to new species of plants, animals, and marine life arriving while others seem to decline, and how this is affecting the Inuit way of life, diet, travel, and traditions. Radio Canada International
 
Legislative Action 
 
No Arctic legislation was formally considered yesterday.
 
 
Future Events
   
Hickel Day of the Arctic- Northern Forum, July 26, 2016 (Anchorage, Alaska, USA). To celebrate our annual "Day of the Arctic," the Institute of the North has organized a special luncheon featuring speakers from the Northern Forum, an intergovernmental, subnational platform for advancing sustainable development in the Arctic. Speakers include: Mr. Byron Mallott, Lieutenant Governor, State of Alaska; Mr. Yuri Zakharinsky, Vice-Governor of Krasnoyarsky Krai, Chair of the RCC; Mr. Alexander Mazharov, Vice-Governor of Yamalo-Nenetsky Autonomous Okrug; Mr. Alexander Zhirkov, Speaker of the Parliament of Sakha Republic; Mr. Leonid Nikolaev, First Vice-Governor of Chukotsky Autonomous Okrug.
 
Hosted by Saint Petersburg State University, the UArctic Congress 2016 will feature Science and Meeting sections, including:
  • Acclaimed keynote speakers and scientific experts presenting their latest research.
  • Parallel sessions on an array of Arctic science, policy, and education topics.
  • Formal meetings for representatives of the Council of UArctic and UArctic Rectors' Forum.
  • Pre-Meetings to foster contacts and enhance networking.
  • Opportunities for promoting and marketing your organization and activities.
  • A UArctic Student Forum with workshops.
  • A Cultural and Social program like no other.
The 2016 UArctic Rectors' Forum and the 19th annual meeting of the Council of UArctic form an integral part of the congress. 
 
Conference on Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes: September 18-21, 2016, Anchorage, Alaska. This circumpolar conference will bring together engineers, health experts, researchers, community members, policymakers, and innovators to discuss health benefits, challenges and innovations associated with making running water and sewer in remote northern communities safe, affordable and sustainable. Information and an expression of interest in attending can be found here. (The full link is: http://wihah2016.com/)
 
13th International Conference on Gas in Marine Sediments: September 19-22, 2016 (Tromso, Norway). GIMS 13 promotes the study of natural gas and release systems on a global scale and facilitates interdisciplinary and international cooperation. The conference intends to bring together geologists, biologists, microbiologist, geophysicists, oceanographers, geochemists and scientists from modeling disciplines. The forum will provide a platform for current knowledge and future programs in gas inventories, fluxes and their role within the carbon cycle and biodiversity. Conference is organized by CAGE - Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Abstract submission deadline is May 30th and registration deadline is June 20th. For more information: http://gims13.uit.no
 
Bridging the Future of Arctic Social Science Research, September 23-24, 2016 (Monticello, Virginia, 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.
 
Arctic Ambitions V: International Business Conference & Trade Show, October 4-5, 2016 (Anchorage, Alaska, USA). This once-a-year event uniquely focuses on business and investment opportunities flowing from developments in the Arctic. With interest in commercial development in the Arctic growing rapidly, WTC Anchorage initiated the Arctic Ambitions conference five years ago to address issues such as innovation, investment, infrastructure development, transportation, natural resources, and trade. At the event, corporate executives and senior government officials from across the Arctic, and around the world, make presentations and participate in panel discussions. This year's conference also includes a Trade Show and B2B Matchmaking Session. For more information, please contact Greg Wolf (greg@wtcak.org) or call 907-278-7233.
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.
 
Arctic Technology Conference, October 24-26, 2016 (St. John's, Canada).  Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is the world's foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. The Arctic Technology Conference (ATC) is built upon OTC's successful multidisciplinary approach, with 14 technical societies and organizations working together to deliver the world's most comprehensive Arctic event.
 
Converging Interests: Maritime & Arctic Security & Safety Conference (MASS16), October 27-28, 2016 (Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada). MASS16 will once again focus on the challenges associated with both northern and maritime environments. The aim of the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador supported international conference is to promote stakeholder collaboration, technological innovation, harsh environment research & development, and world-class education efforts that are contributing to various components of northern development. 
 
The 5th Forum for Arctic Modeling and Observational Synthesis (FAMOS) project School and Meeting, November 1-4, 2016 (Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA).The major goals of the meeting are to discuss results of ongoing FAMOS activities, and to plan 2016-2017 coordinated modeling and observing projects, with a special focus on high and very high spatiotemporal resolution processes. You can register here.
 
 
 

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