Essential Science for Informed Decision-Making in the Changing Arctic

Organized by the Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNÍS), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) 15. August 2016

Friday, October 7, 15:30-17:00

Location: Ríma B, Harpa First Level

By providing a broad scientific overview of the critical dynamics currently shaping the Arctic’s natural system, this session will serve as an important briefing to Arctic Circle Assembly attendees grappling with the many critical governance issues associated with a rapidly changing Arctic.

Session speakers will guide audience members through current research efforts to understand the Arctic’s role in the global weather system, to predict changing sea ice patterns, and to perceive both the global and local implications of thawing permafrost and shifting hydrology patterns in the Arctic’s terrestrial cryosphere.


  • Julienne Stroeve, Professor at University of College London; Senior Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC): The Arctic’s changing sea ice.
  • Margareta Johansson, Executive SecretaryINTERACT; Researcher, Lund University: The Arctic’s changing terrestrial cryosphere.
  • Thomas Spengler, Professor of Meteorology, University of Bergen: The Arctic’s role in changing global climate and weather.


  • Andrew Revkin, New York Times Blogger and Pace University Senior Fellow