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Media Advisory 10-006

Top Scientists to Discuss Global Changes at Arctic Conference in Miami

Conference will discuss latest research on the changing climate in the Arctic

February 25, 2010

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Hundreds of the world's top scientists and policymakers are expected to attend the State of the Arctic conference at the Miami Hyatt Regency from March 16 - 19, 2010. Speakers will include Arden Bement, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Jane Lubchenko, administrator of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Wendy Watson-Wright, assistant director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The conference will review our understanding of the arctic system in a time of rapid environmental change and will include some of the latest research results from the world's leading polar scientists.

Specific topics to be addressed include historical and future perspectives on current warming and predictions of future climate; the changing carbon cycle of the Arctic; and the future of sea ice loss, its impact and links to changes on land. For a copy of the current program, go to

Who:Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation along with 14 additional sponsors and partners. For a list of cooperating organizations, see
What:The State of the Arctic Conference. The conference's main goal is to review our understanding of the arctic system in a time of rapid environmental change and recommendations on what can be done to address areas of concern. It will provide an open international forum for discussion of future research directions aimed toward a better understanding of the arctic system and its trajectory. Topics will range from basic understanding of the Arctic and system-wide change to developing response strategies to adapt and mitigate change.
When:March 16-19, 2010
Where:Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 Southeast 2nd Avenue, in Miami, Florida

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) is organizing the conference on behalf of the arctic community and sponsoring organizations.

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS), based in Fairbanks, Alaska, was formed in 1988 as a nonprofit member consortium of educational and scientific institutions that have a substantial commitment to arctic research.


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