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Arctic Frontiers



Location: Tromsø, Norway
Event Type: Meeting
Event Date: 2007-01-21    
End Date: 2007-01-26

Event Description:
The first annual Arctic Frontiers conference will take place in Tromsø, Norway, 21-26 January 2007. It is organized by the international research network ARCTOS, and hosted by the University of Tromsø. It will provide an up-to-date [view] of the State of the Arctic Environment, as well as developing economical and political trends at the beginning of the International Polar Year period, 2007 and 2008.

Policy making conference

During part one of the conference, invited keynote speakers will provide a review of the current status of Arctic science; introduce current social, economic, and political issues; and identify challenges facing these disciplines in the coming years.

On day one of the conference there will be an opportunity to continue discussing these topics during a four hour cruise on the Hurtigruta Coastal Liner.

Scientific conference

Part two will be a scientific conference focusing on Arctic marine ecosystems and the potential impacts of environmental change on their structure and functions: Food web dynamics and biogeochemical fluxes in the Arctic Ocean. Three international research programmes focused in the European Arctic will present their findings. This will be supplemented by invited and submitted presentations that will extend these findings across the pan-Arctic region.

Deadline for abstracts is 20th October 2006.

You may download the conference brochure.

We strongly recommend you to register soon. The deadline for early bird registration has been extended to 31st October. Please visit our website on http://www.arctic-frontiers.com/ for registration.

MarBEF Support

MarBEF members are allowed to put the costs of Travel and Subsistence on their MarBEF account for maximally 2 participants per member and maximally 1000 Euro per participant. The rules for endorsement are further that those colleagues using MarBEF funding should use the MarBEF logo in their presentations and acknowledge MarBEF for the support.



Contact email: arg@akvaplan.niva.no

Event programme:
Science section
General information
Future climatic and ecological impacts on Arctic ecosystems and human populations will have significant economic, political, and social implications for nations bordering the Arctic. It is thus important to balance the use of Arctic ecosystems with their conservation. Arctic Frontiers Tromsø will unite stakeholders to define priorities for development and research, so that we can address Arctic regions within a pan-Arctic
perspective and promote sustainable levels of human activity based on scientific knowledge and cultural sensitivity. Arctic Frontiers Tromsø will be an annual event that takes place in the 3rd week of January in Tromsø, Norway. As a gateway to the Arctic and a centre of Norwegian trade with Russia, Tromsø has occupied since the very beginning, and even today, an important role for the exploration and scientific investigation of the European sector of the Arctic. Arctic Frontiers Tromsø maintains this tradition.

The science section of Arctic Frontiers Tromsø focuses every year upon up-to-date aspects of Arctic environmental science in order to understand the Worlds least known ocean and to promote pan-arctic comprehension and integration. Four representatives of the ARCTOS network comprise the Science Section Committee, under the leadership of Paul Wassmann (Norwegian College of Fishery Science, Univ. Tromsø). In addition, international marine Arctic specialists will be invited to widen the scientific scope of the committee, dependent on the varying focus of the conference.

Food web dynamics and biogeochemical fluxes in the Arctic Ocean

The scientific conference of Arctic Frontiers Tromsø 2007 will focus on Arctic marine ecosystems of the European sector of the Arctic Ocean and the potential impacts of environmental change on their structures and functions. Three international research programmes, for the most part funded by the Research Council of Norway, will in concert present their findings:

• On Thin Ice? Climatic Influence on Energy Flow and Trophic Structure in Arctic Marine Ecosystems
• Effect of Ultraviolet Radiation on Lipids, Fatty Acids and Nutritional Quality of Arctic Marine Algae and Zooplankton
• Carbon Flux and Ecosystem Feed Back in the Northern Barents Sea in an Era of Climate Change

The information, which comprises the most comprehensive and scientifically balanced information on food web dynamics and biogeochemical fluxes in this region, will be given by 8 invited specialists, oral presentations of 20 minutes each, and poster sessions.

Parallel to the symposium and in direct connection with the oral presentations, the ARCTOS Ph.D. school will organise an international workshop for Ph.D. students, also open to EUR-OCEANS and Nordic students (see (http://www.euroceans.org; www.nfh.uit.no/nordforsk/).

On Monday 22 January, invited keynote speakers (to be affirmed) will introduce developing trends on scientific, social, economic, and political issues. Five invited specialists from Canada, Greenland, Russia, USA and Norway will provide reviews of the current status of Arctic marine science and potential threats.

Outline of the Arctic Frontiers 2007 science conference: preliminary indications of slots, tentative titles and invited speakers

Introduction
Summaries of research feature projects:
D.O. Hessen (University of Oslo) Effect of Ultraviolet Radiation on Lipids, Fatty Acids and Nutritional Quality of Arctic Marine Algae and Zooplankton
M.L. Carroll (Akvaplan-niva) On Thin Ice? Climatic Influence on Energy Flow and Trophic Structure in Arctic Marine Ecosystems
P. Wassmann (University of Tromsø). Carbon Flux and Ecosystem Feed Back in the Northern Barents Sea in an Era of Climate Change

Physics and chemistry
Invited speaker 1: Ursula Schauer, Germany Primary production, PAR, UV, fatty acids, stoichiometry and stable isotopes
Invited speaker: Mike Arts, Canada Plankton and ice
Invited speakers (not confirmed) Vertical flux
Invited speaker: Hiroshi Sasaki: Japan Benthos
Invited speaker: Bo Barker Jørgensen, Germany Ecosystem variability and climate
Invited speaker: Kenneth Drinkwater, Norway

Collaborators and organisers:
Interested scientists are kindly asked to submit abstracts (www.arctic-frontiers.com) or contact P. Wassmann (paulw@nfh.uit.no).

Website url: http://www.arctic-frontiers.com

Registration form: http://www.arctic-frontiers.com

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: WP5 - Socio-economics

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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