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As climate change continues to diminish sea ice across the Arctic, global interest is growing in exploiting newly accessible energy reserves and fish stocks, and in developing shipping routes and tourism. With non-Arctic states and corporations taking a greater interest in the Arctic, the potential for political, economic, cultural, and environmental instabilities is rising. The risks threaten local and the global communities alike.

Arctic Options is group of concerned experts funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to help identify development and governance options for the region. Their mission is to highlight choices that help balance economic, social and environmental interests across the Arctic’s coastal marine systems.

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Past event International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (XXIII ISPRS 2016)

July 12th-19th, 2016

Organized by: ISPRS

Arctic Options Participants: Paul Berkman

Overview: ISPRS is a leading organization in remote sensing, photogrammetry and spatial information sciences – very high-resolution satellite imagery, terrain based imaging and participatory sensing, inexpensive platforms, and advanced information and communications technologies. Every 4 years the Congress welcomes participants from all over the world. This gathering strengthens relations among the researchers, professionals and representatives of governmental and non-governmental organization thus enhancing the co-operation within the field. ISPRS welcomes all papers bringing new results, achievements, methods and theory to help to shift the present level of knowledge.

On Wednesday, July 13th, Paul Berkman presented Knowledge Discovery for Global Sustainability at plenary session.

For more information on the event, please visit: http://www.isprs2016-prague.com/

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Past event Arctic Circle: Greenland Summit

May 12th, 2016

Organized by: Arctic Circle

Arctic Options Participants: Paul Berkman

Paul Berkman presented on the Looking at the Arctic from the Outside panel  at the Arctic Circle’s Greenland summit in May of 2016.

Photos of the event can be found here: http://www.arcticcircle.org/forums/greenland/photos?page-998=2

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Past event Banks in the Land of Fire and Ice, The Royal Society

April 26th, 2016

Organized by: The Royal Society

Arctic Options Participants: Paul Berkman

Overview: Sir Joseph Banks, the influential British naturalist, botanist and patron of natural sciences was well known for accompanying Captain James Cook on the Endeavour. Redefining ideas of exploration, in 1772 he undertook the first British scientific voyage to Iceland.

Iceland

Iceland. Image credit: flickr.com/MoyanBrenn CC BY 2.0

Documenting the dramatic volcanic landscape for the first time and establishing friendships with the Icelandic community, his voyage helped shape the history of this remote island.

In this panel discussion, we explored Banks’ historical and scientific significance in Iceland and the North Atlantic. From a new compilation of his work, Anna Agnarsdóttir discussed his personal and scientific manuscripts from the expedition and debated his subsequent involvement with the country during the Napoleonic Wars.

 

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Past event Governing the Bering Strait Region: Current Status, Emerging Issues and Future Options

April 19, 2016

Governing the Bering Strait Region: Current Status, Emerging Issues and Future Options. Ocean Development and International Law

Research Article published in Ocean Development and International Law

Berkman, P.A., Vylegzhanin, A.N. and Young, O.R.

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Past event U.S.-Russian Relations in the Arctic (Colombia University)

February 12th, 2016

Conference on US Russian Relations in the Arctic

Organized by: Harriman Institute of Colombia University, New York.

Arctic Options Participants: Paul Berkman

Paul Berkman participated on the opening panel of the Conference on U.S. Russian Relations in the Arctic at Colombia University on February 12th, 2016.

Overview: As the polar ice cap continues to melt, the Arctic is becoming an increasingly significant arena for international conflict and cooperation on trade, transit, energy, environmental, scientific, and security issues. The collapse of global oil prices has created new uncertainties in the region, with some surprising consequences. Join us as top Russian and Western scholars and policy experts discuss the current state of U.S.-Russian relations in the Arctic, and debate the future potential for conflict and cooperation between the two most powerful Arctic states.

For a video of the first panel, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHTk9D-QNnY

For more information about the event, please visit: http://harriman.columbia.edu/event/conference-us-russia-relations-arctic

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Past event Arctic Futures Initiative at AAAS with IIASA, Washington, D.C. (United States)

February 11th, 2016

Organized by: AAAS/IIASA

Paul Berkman of the Arctic Futures Initiative steering committee was part of the  International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) delegation at the in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Washington, D.C. United States.

Overview: On February 11th-15th, a delegation of scholars from IIASA attended the AAAS conference in Washington D.C. This year the conference theme focused on how scientific enterprise can meet global challenges in need of innovation and international collaboration. These are, of course, also key issues at IIASA, and topics on which the institution can provide considerable expertise.

For more information on the event please see http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/about/events/160211-AAAS.html

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Past event Responding to Crisis in the Arctic: A Modest Proposal- Proceedings

December, 1st, 2015

Responding to Crisis in the Arctic

Article published in Proceedings

Paul A. Berkman, Jim Stavridis

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Past event Arctic Circle Singapore Forum

November 12, 2015

Organized by: Arctic Circle

Arctic Options Participants: Paul Arthur Berkman

Overview:  On November 12th at the Arctic Circle Singapore Forum, Paul Berkman participated on a panel entitled “Public-Private Partnership and the Arctic Investment Protocol.”

For a video of this panel, please visit: https://vimeo.com/147422880

For additional information on the Arctic Circle Singapore Forum, please visit http://www.arcticcircle.org/forums/singapore

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Past event 2nd Polar Data Forum, University of Waterloo, Canada

October 27-29, 2015
2nd Polar Data Forum

Organized by: Polar Data Forum

Arctic Options Participants: Paul Arthur Berkman

Overview:  

On October 27th at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, Paul Berkman participated in a working session on Policy and Research Funding for Research and Data Management titled “Holistic Decision Support for Sustainable Infrastructure Development in the Arctic Ocean.”

The Second Polar Data Forum (PDF II) will be held October 27 – 29, 2015 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada to build on successes of the first Polar Data Forum (PDF I) in Tokyo, Japan, October 2013. PDF I and a series of other international and national meetings have identified priority themes and key challenges in the domain of polar data management:  See the PDF I Communiqué at http://www.polar-data-forum.org/International_Polar_Data_Forum_Communique.pdf for a brief listing and description of outcomes. PDF II will further refine these themes and priorities and will accelerate progress by establishing clear actions to address the target issues, including meeting the needs of society and science through promotion of open data and effective data stewardship, establishing sharing and interoperability of data at a variety of levels, developing trusted data management systems, and ensuring long-term data preservation. The Forum will be held in conjunction with the scheduled annual meetings of the Arctic Data Committee (ADC) of the International Arctic Science Committee and Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (IASC/SAON) and the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SC-ADM) of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). This unprecedented co-location presents unique opportunities for coordination and is envisioned as the first international Polar Data Week. 

 

 

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Past event 2015 Arctic Circle meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland: Session on the Arctic High Seas

October 15-18, 2015
Arctic Options is convening two sessions on the Arctic High Seas in conjunction with the 2015 Arctic Circle meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland

Organized by: Arctic Circle

Arctic Options Participants: Paul Arthur BerkmanLawson Brigham, Oran Young, Christine Provost

Overview:  

On October 15 at Reykjavik University, Paul Berkman will lead a session titled on Balancing National Interests and Common Interests in the Arctic Ocean. The second session will be on October 17 at The Arctic Circle Meeting, multiple project participants will present on the Arctic High Seas. For more detailed information see the agenda.

Engagement among all Arctic states and with active involvement of indigenous peoples is especially important in Arctic Ocean areas that are beyond sovereign jurisdictions.  Importance of such inclusion is magnified if the intention is to engage effectively with non-Arctic states.  These sessions will engage international, interdisciplinary and inclusive dialogues that contribute to informed decision-making about fisheries, shipping and other issues in the Arctic High Seas – with vision toward balancing national interests and common interests in the Arctic Ocean.  Participation in the Arctic High Seas sessions is welcome.  For additional information, please contact the Arctic Circle Secretariat (secretariat@arcticcircle.org).

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