14 March 2013
AGU Science Policy Alert 13-13
Changes in Arctic sea ice coverage are happening at unprecedented rates, with 2012 setting a new record low for sea ice extent. Many perceive sea ice as the canary in the coal mine of climate change. To learn more about Arctic sea ice in our changing climate, then check out these two upcoming events on Wednesday, 20 March.
Congressional Briefing, 2325 Rayburn House Office Building, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
AGU, in partnership with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the National Academies’ Ocean Studies Board, will present a lunch briefing on Melting Sea Ice in the Arctic: Science to Understand the Impacts to Our National Security, Natural Resources, and Economy. Speakers for the event include Dr. Cecilia Bitz, associate professor of atmospheric sciences and affiliate physicist for the Polar Science Center at the University of Washington; Lt. Commander Kenneth J. Boda, prospective executive officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter POLAR STAR; Dr. Brendan P. Kelly, assistant director for polar sciences at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President; and Dr. John E. Walsh, chief scientist of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Baird Auditorium, 5:30 PM
The National Academies’ Ocean Studies Board will host the fourteenth annual Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture, Melting Ice, What is happening to Arctic sea ice and what does it mean for us?This year’s featured speaker is Dr. John E. Walsh, chief scientist of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with introductions given by Senator Mark Begich from Alaska. A reception will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.