Media Briefing: The Arctic Observing Network as a Tool for Understanding Arctic Change
Briefing at 8:00 a.m., July 10, to precede 3-day symposium
A 3-day symposium in Washington, D.C., from July 10-12, 2007, entitled, "Impact of an Ice-diminished Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations," jointly sponsored by the National Ice Center and the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, will feature officials from several federal science agencies, the Navy and the Coast Guard. Officials will discuss future challenges and opportunities caused by a documented warming trend in the Arctic that is causing a rapid reduction in ice cover on the world's northernmost sea.
A media briefing at 8:00 a.m. on July 10, 2007, featuring representatives of the participating agencies, will precede the symposium. As part of the briefing, Martin O. Jeffries, director of the National Science Foundation's Arctic Observing Network (AON) program, will discuss the development of a large-scale and long-term network of land, sea and space-based sensors to observe environmental Arctic change and help predict its effects.
Media may call-in to the media briefing by dialing 1-888-809-4018, then use access code 6944386. To attend the symposium, members of the media are requested to register at: http://www.orbit.nesdis.noaa.gov/star/IceSymposium.php.
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