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Arctic Daily Update: June 6, 2016


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June 6, 2016  
Today's Congressional Action:  
The Senate is expected to consider a motion to proceed to S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act. The House is not in session. 
Grizzly Bear The Science of Bears. The world's bear researchers meet every 18 months. Past meetings have been in Greece, the Georgian Republic, etc. This one's in Alaska, starting June 12. This is a big deal. Among other events, there are evening lectures open to the public, one by mauling survivor Dan Bigley, the guy who had the top of his face removed by a bear in Alaska, another by well-known public broadcaster Richard Nelson. But our guests will be biologists. The panel delves into the science of a subject that is always of acute interest
to Alaskans, from Polar Bear tundra to Brown Bear stream to Black Bear rainforest.  Bear biology, status and bear/human behavior will be on the agenda. Alaska Public Radio
Research Reveals Alaskan Forests' Carbon Richness. The US Geological Survey (USGS), the US Forest Service and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks have jointly concluded an archetype study that reveals the carbon richness of Alaskan forests. The new research indicates that the forests, wetlands and permafrost of Alaska are home to much bigger carbon deposits as compared to lower 48 states. Interior's Deputy Secretary Mike Connor stated that this targeted evaluation has provided an important information level that will serve as a base for measurements to gain improved insight into the properties of carbon present in Alaskan ecosystems. While 18% area of the US is covered by Alaskan land, about 53% of the total carbon reserve rests in Alaska. NH Voice
Kivalina Relocation Relies on Bureaucracies Adapting to Climate Change 'Disaster Events. 'Janet Mitchell says she and many others in Kivalina were encouraged last year when President Obama gave a shout-out to her village, and the peril it faces, after a flyover during his visit to Alaska.
"... So on my way here, I flew over the island of Kivalina, which is already receding into the ocean," Obama said in a Sept. 2 speech in Kotzebue. KUAC
Researchers Study Shipping's Black Carbon. A research project underway to study black carbon is moving closer to the development of a method for measuring emissions from shipping. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Turku have joined forces in an international project - Shipping Emissions in the Arctic - with the aim of making the measurement of black carbon emissions from shipping more reliable. The Maritime Executive
Healy, Coast Guard Coast Guard Icebreaker to Set Out This Week for New Project. The Coast Guard icebreaker Healy will set out from Seattle this week to begin a new research mission in the Arctic Ocean. The Healy's crew will be looking at the biology, chemistry, geology and physics of the Arctic Ocean and its ecosystems. They will also do sonar mapping of the Extended Continental Shelf. Navy Times
Legislative Action 
No Arctic legislation was formally considered yesterday.
Future Events
National Security Risks in the Changing Arctic, June 9, 2016. The Council on Foreign Relations will host panelists as they evaluate how the Arctic's warming is affecting U.S. national security interests in high latitudes as well as the economic risks and opportunities in the northernmost ocean.  This is a closed event, but a live-steam access is available.
Funding Effective Interdisciplinary Collaborations: NGEE as a Case Study-IARPC Collaborations Webinar Series, June 14, 2016 (Webinar). The Next Generation Ecosystems Experiments (NGEE-Arctic) is a 10-year Department of Energy (DOE)- supported project whose mission is to improve mathematical models that predict climate through advanced understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological behavior of terrestrial ecosystems in Alaska. With a multidisciplinary team of researches from a range of institutions, NGEE-Arctic integrates field and laboratory investigations to inform climate models, ultimately scalable to the region and the Arctic. http://www.iarpccollaborations.org/news/4465

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.
The Alfred Wegener Institute has teamed up with UP Transfer GmbH and the University of Potsdam to organize a great conference foryou, permafrost researchers. The conference aims atcovering all relevant aspects of permafrost research, engineering and outreach on a global and regional level.
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.
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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