2015 Public Policy Forum – Predicting and Preparing for a Changing Arctic


Thank you for attending the 2015 Public Policy Forum:
Predicting and Preparing for a Changing Arctic

March 4, 2015, 9:00am-6:00pm
Reserve Officers Association Building
One Constitution Avenue NE, Washington DC

Reception 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902

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8:15 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast (provided)

9:00 Welcome Remarks (Dr. Rob Dunbar, Chair of Ocean Leadership Board of Trustees; Sherri Goodman, President of Ocean Leadership)

9:30 Hon. Fran Ulmer, U.S. Arctic Research Commission

10:00 Panel – Forecasting a Changing Arctic
The panel will discuss the state of knowledge in predicting major changes occurring in the Arctic as well as identifying research and observational gaps. Moderated by Larry Mayer, University of New Hampshire.

• Sea Ice Minimums (Dr. Cecilia Bitz, University of Washington)
• Glacier Melt Predictions (Dr. Fiamma Straneo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
• Nutrient/Carbon/Freshwater Cycling (Dr. Jackie Grebmeier, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science)
• Permafrost Thaw/Methane Emissions (Dr. Kevin Schaefer, National Snow and Ice Data Center)
• Congressional Perspective

11:35 Dr. France Cordova, National Science Foundation

11:50 PM Lunch (provided)

12:40 Panel – Science Needs for Arctic Operations
The panel will consider the science needs of commercial and community stakeholders living and working in the Arctic. Moderated by Randall Luthi, National Ocean Industry Association.

• Response and Readiness (Gary Rasicot, U.S. Coast Guard)
• National Security (RADM Jonathan White, U.S. Navy)
• Shipping (RADM (ret.) Craig Bone, American Bureau of Shipping)
• Fishing (Dave Benton, Consultant for the Alaska Seafood Industry)

2:15 Senator Lisa Murkowski, AK

2:30 Senator Angus King, ME 

2:45 Stakeholder Panel Q&A

3:00 Break

3:30 Director John Holdren, Office of Science and Technology Policy

3:45 Panel – Why the Arctic Matters to the Lower 48
The panel will debate emerging issues involving how changes in the Arctic are impacting communities and regions beyond the Arctic. Moderated by Mark Abbott, Oregon State University.

• Influence on Mid-Latitude Extreme Events (Dr. Jim Overland, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory)
• Coastal Zone Impacts (Dustin Whalen, Canadian Geological Survey)
• Migrating Species (Dr. Greg O’Corry-Crowe, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University)
• Congressional Perspective

5:15 Jack Omelak, Alaska Nanuuq Commission

5:30 Closing Remarks (Dr. Rob Dunbar, Chair of Ocean Leadership Board of Trustees; Sherri Goodman, President of Ocean Leadership)

6:00 Reception (Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902)

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