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Implications of a Changing Arctic with Dr. Henry Huntington


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The Arctic is changing rapidly, with effects near and far. This seminar will examine how those changes affect people and ecosystems in the Arctic and also global society.

The loss of Arctic sea ice affects winter weather in the eastern United States. China and Russia see shipping opportunities through Arctic waters. Ten countries cooperate to stop illegal fishing in the central Arctic Ocean. What happens in the Arctic is not staying in the Arctic. Join an experienced Arctic scientist to dig deeper into why the Arctic matters now more than ever.

Arctic change has profound effects on the people who call this region home. The ramifications of change are spreading around the world. Although much of the news is alarming, there are also stories of resilience and action as people respond to change in many ways, large and small. What is happening in the Arctic is a warning for the globe, and can also be an inspiration to those seeking a sustainable future for our planet. From Shanghai to Svalbard, this seminar will address Arctic affairs locally and globally.

Led by an expert on Arctic science and policy, Henry Huntington, this interactive seminar will dig beyond the headlines. Designed to stoke curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the influence the Arctic has on our planet’s present and future.

This conversation is part of a 3-part series on the arctic with Dr. Henry Huntington. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

Henry P. Huntington earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Princeton University and his master’s and a doctorate in Polar Studies at the University of Cambridge. He lives in Eagle River, Alaska, where he works as an independent researcher and on Arctic Ocean conservation for Ocean Conservancy. Huntington’s research activities include reviewing the regulation of subsistence hunting in northern Alaska, documenting traditional ecological knowledge of marine mammals, examining Iñupiat Eskimo and Inuit knowledge and use of sea ice, and assessing the impacts of climate change on Arctic communities and Arctic marine mammals. Huntington has been involved in a number of international research programs, such as the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, the Program for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, and the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment. He was co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences committee on emerging research questions in the Arctic and a member of the Council of Canadian Academies panel on the state of knowledge of food security in the North. Huntington has written many academic and popular articles, as well as three books. He has made long trips in the Arctic by dog team, open boat, and snowmobile.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Excellent Overview of Changing Arctic

I thought that Dr. Huntington did a superb job of laying out the issues facing the Arctic and using photos, graphs, maps, and other data to help explain why they matter. Well done!

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Very informative, well done overview and perspectives on an important region.

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Excellent Overview of Changing Arctic

I thought that Dr. Huntington did a superb job of laying out the issues facing the Arctic and using photos, graphs, maps, and other data to help explain why they matter. Well done!

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T.

Very informative, well done overview and perspectives on an important region.