Photo credit: Matthew G. Hull
Photo credit: Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard under CC 4.0 license.
Photo credit: Jeremy Keith under CC 2.0 license.

Home

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Home

Past event InterAction Council 32nd Annual General Meeting

June 2-5, 2015
InterAction Council 32nd Annual General Meeting
Newport, Wales

Organized by: The InterAction Council

Arctic Options Participants: Paul A. Berkman

Objectives: Special guest, Professor Paul Berkman, presented on Science Diplomacy in the Arctic for the 32nd Annual Plenary Meeting of the InterAction Council which focused on (1) the Present State of the World, (2) Global Health Emergencies and (3) Challenges to the World Order.

Agenda

Posted in Event Archive, Events | Comments Off on InterAction Council 32nd Annual General Meeting

Past event Ilulissat Climate Days 2015

June 2-5, 2015
Ilulissat Climate Days 2015
Polar DTU: Center for Polar Activities
Ilulissat, Greenland

Organized by: International scientific committee

Arctic Options Participants: Ellen Oseth from the Norwegian Polar Institute presented Holistic Decision-Support for Sustainable Infrastructure Development Along West Greenland

Objectives: This workshop will highlight current changes, as measured from space, airborne, and in-situ methods, and future projections of changes. The meeting is a follow up on a similar event ‘Nuuk Climate Days 2009′ and will involve both scientists and stakeholders in discussions on cryosphere changes, and their effects on the Greenland environment and society.

Agenda

Posted in Event Archive, Events | Comments Off on Ilulissat Climate Days 2015

Announcement Workshop Report: Integrated Policy Options for the Bering Strait Region

June 1, 2015
Workshop on the Integrated Policy Options
for the Bering Strait Region

Organized by: Arctic Options

Workshop participants:

Arctic Options Participants: Greg Pavellas, Elena Norkina, Ben Halpern, Karen Pletnikoff, Martin Robards, Olivia Lee, Dan Yocum, Dino Lorenzini, Julie Raymond-Yakoubian, Jamie Afflerbach, Alexander Vylegzhanin, Paul Berkman,  David Wright, Lawson Brigham, Art Ivanoff, Dennis Thurston, Frank Davis, Oran Young, Charlotte Vick, Jon Fuglestad and Brendan Kelly.

 

Objectives:  

Arctic Options held a workshop at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) from October 20 – 24, 2014. The Bering Strait Region is one of three ‘hot spots that the Arctic Options project has identified to design and test a decision-support tools that integrates stakeholder perspectives, geospatial information ,and natural-language documents to address regionally relevant policy issues. 

Workshop Report

 

Posted in Announcement, Policy Discussions | Comments Off on Workshop Report: Integrated Policy Options for the Bering Strait Region

Announcement Let Science Guide the Way – New York Times OpEd

May 19, 2015

Let science guide the way

Op-Ed Published in the New York Times

Paul A. Berkman

 

Posted in Announcement | Comments Off on Let Science Guide the Way – New York Times OpEd

Past event Arctic Resource Development & Infrastructure III Conference

May 6-7, 2015
Arctic Resource Development and Infrastructure Conference
Village of Gambell, St. Lawrence Island

Organized by: Bering Sea Alliance

Arctic Options Participants: Paul A. Berkman presented Sustainable Infrastructure Development in the Bering Strait Region

Objectives:  

Paul A. Berkman presented Sustainable Infrastructure Development in the Bering Strait Region.

 

Posted in Event Archive, Events | Comments Off on Arctic Resource Development & Infrastructure III Conference

Past event Science Diplomacy 2015: Scientific Drivers for Diplomacy

April 29, 2015
Science Diplomacy 2015: Scientific Drivers for Diplomacy
Washington, D.C.

Organized by: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Arctic Options Participants: Paul A. Berkman served on the steering committee and chaired a session on Transboundary and Shared Resources 

Objectives:  

Concepts such as the role of large-scale infrastructures in science diplomacy and the mechanisms for scientific cooperation needed in undertaking science diplomacy have become recognized as important to bridging the scientific and foreign policy communities. At the same time, different scientific disciplines have unique contributions and needs as their international efforts become more intertwined with those of the foreign policy and diplomatic communities. The AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy will host a one-day conference that build not only on the policy issues that have been discussed in previous conferences and workshops but critically address the scientific drivers for diplomacy. Sessions, organized by experts, will focus on the following themes: institutions and networks; scientific cooperation during political strain; cross-cutting areas of transboundary issues and shared scientific resources; and diplomacy needs and impact of the earth and environmental sciences, health and biomedical sciences, and physical sciences.

Agenda

Posted in Event Archive, Events | Comments Off on Science Diplomacy 2015: Scientific Drivers for Diplomacy

Past event Leadership, Diplomacy and Science: Resolving the Arctic Paradox – 4th Warming Arctic Conference

April 13-14, 2015
Leadership, Diplomacy and Science: Resolving the Arctic Paradox
4th Fletcher Warming Arctic Conference
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Organized by: The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Arctic Options Participants: Lawson Brigham and Paul A. Berkman participated on session panels

Objectives: The 4th annual Warming Arctic International Inquiry at the Fletcher School came at a time when the United States assumes the chairmanship of the Arctic Council. With this honor comes the responsibility to protect the Arctic and its environment as it continues to warm at a much faster rate than the rest of the globe.

The Fletcher School convened high-level decision makers from both diplomacy and security, cutting-edge energy and science researchers, and social, environmental and business stakeholders, to investigate solutions to the Arctic Paradox and promote a sustainable future for Arctic inhabitants within a “High North, Low Tension” policy framework.

Agenda

Posted in Event Archive, Events | Comments Off on Leadership, Diplomacy and Science: Resolving the Arctic Paradox – 4th Warming Arctic Conference

Announcement Escalating Tensions Challenge U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

April 6, 2015

Escalating Tensions Challenge U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

Op-Ed Published in the Huffington Post

Paul A. Berkman, Lloyd N. Axworthy, and Oran R. Young

Posted in Announcement | Comments Off on Escalating Tensions Challenge U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

Past event Science Diplomacy and the Arctic Seminar

March 3, 2015
Science Diplomacy and the Arctic Seminar
House of Science and Letters, Helsiniki, Finland

Organized by: Council of Finnish Academies

Arctic Options Participants: Paul A. Berkman

Objectives:  

The seminar will introduce the concept of Science Diplomacy to Finnish academic and foreign policy discourse. The significance of science and science diplomacy in solving the ’wicked problems’ of our time will be presented through examples from Arctic governance.

Agenda

Berkman Presentation: Science Diplomacy and Sustainable Infrastructure Development in the Arctic Ocean

All Presentations

Posted in Event Archive, Events | Comments Off on Science Diplomacy and the Arctic Seminar

Announcement Belmont Forum Announces Collaborative International Research Award

March 4, 2015
Belmont Forum Award for Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability

Organized by: Belmont Forum

Arctic Options Participants: Paul A. Berkman, Principle Investigator 

Objectives:  

The Belmont Forum announces collaborative international research awards for Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability with support for Pan-Arctic Options: Holistic Integration for Arctic Coastal-Marine Sustainability, which is being coordinated by Prof. Paul Berkman, extending the Arctic Options project from 2015 – 2020.

Award Announcement

Posted in Announcement | Comments Off on Belmont Forum Announces Collaborative International Research Award