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Arctic Daily Update: May 5, 2016


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May 5, 2016  
** New this week** National Science Foundation: National Science Board Meeting, May 5-6, 2016 (Arlington, Virginia, USA). Meetings of the full National Science Board are usually held five times a year. They are open to the public unless otherwise specified. An Arctic theme will be among 6 science thrusts discussed with the National Science Board members in public session this week (9-9:45 Friday May 6, 2016). The open sessions are live webcast here.
Today's Congressional Action:  
The House and Senate are not in session.
Shell in Chukchi With Shell Gone From the Arctic, US Official Fears Fading Attention to the Region. Royal Dutch Shell's decision to pull the plug on its offshore oil exploration program in Alaska's Arctic waters could have the unfortunate effect of shifting the nation's gaze away from Arctic issues, according to the State Department's top Arctic official. Robert Papp, the State Department's special representative on Arctic issues, lamented the pullout in an April 25 Brooking Institution event marking the first year of the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Alaska Dispatch News
Canadian Arctic Territorial Claim Dependent on Inclusivity and Collaboration with Inuit. Canada's claim to its extended Arctic continental shelf can only be legitimized through an inclusive and collaborative engagement with circumpolar Inuit peoples. This was the sentiment that grounded panellists' comments on Inuit and Canadian Arctic territorial claims at the Senate Liberals' Open Caucus on Wednesday. Rapid ice melting in the Arctic has resulted in a growing international interest in opportunities for natural resource exploitation in the region. While there are some existing territorial agreements for countries neighbouring the North, international agreements are being negotiated or renegotiated to account for these recently accessible extended continental shelves. Hill Times
NRL Completes ICEX2016 Expedition, Mapping of Arctic Ice. A team of U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists from the Marine Geoscience Division have concluded a month-long sea-ice research expedition as part of the Navy's March 2016 ICe Exercise (ICEX) designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of the physical structure and evolution of Arctic sea-ice. The project collected data useful in assessing the operability and safety of Navy and commercial assets along future Arctic routes. United States Naval Research Laboratory
St. Petersburg Hosts 3rd Festival of Icebreakers- 2016. The Third Festival of Icebreakers was held May 2-3, 2016 in St. Petersburg. Operating icebreakers of Rosmorport's North-Western basin branch moored at the Lieutenant Schmidt Embankment and the Promenade des Anglais Embankment, among them: St. Petersburg, Mudyug, Ivan Kruzenshtern and Kapitan Sorokin. St. Petersburg homeported icebreaking tug Nevskaya Zastava and the museum ship - icebreaker Krasin also took part in the event. The Lieutenant Schmidt Embankment turned into an outdoor exhibition with pavilions and booths displaying materials from dedicated naval museums and institutions, from naval colleges and Arctic regions of the country. Port News
Legislative Action 
No Arctic legislation was formally considered yesterday.
Future Events
** New this week ** View From Up Here: The Arctic at The Center of the World, May 5, 2016 (Anchorage, Alaska, USA). Contemporary artists challenge the mythical ideal of the Arctic in the international exhibition "View From Up Here: The Arctic at the Center of the World." Media can preview the exhibition before it opens to the public Friday, May 6. This exhibit is part of the Anchorage Museum's Polar Lab. 
** New this week ** ARCUS DC Arctic Research Seminar Series, May 19, 2016 (Washington, DC, USA). Mark Brzezinski, executive director of the Arctic Executive Steering Committee, will provide an update on the activities of the U.S. Arctic Executive Steering Committee and the upcoming White House Arctic Science Ministerial being planned for this fall. This event is part of the ARCUS Arctic Research Seminar Series which brings some of the leading Arctic researchers to Washington, D.C. to share in person and via webinar the latest findings and what they mean for decision-making. The seminars are open, and will be of interest to Federal agency officials, Congressional staff, NGOs, associations, researchers, and the public.
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.
Arctic Ambitions V, June 23-24, 2016 (Anchorage, Alaska, USA). Arctic Ambitions V conference focuses on commercial opportunities in the Arctic, such as engineering, construction, architecture, natural resource development, environmental services, maritime shipping and logistics, and international trade. This event is sponsored by World Trade Center Alaska.
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.
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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