The Consortium for Ocean Leadership held its annual Public Policy Forum this week. The Forum, Predicting and Preparing for a Changing Arctic, was widely attended by scientists, policymakers, industry and military representatives.
Scientists from across the globe shared their knowledge about forecasting a changing Arctic while identifying research needs to better understand how these impacts will affect ecosystems and people across the world. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, and private industries provided insights about oil and gas exploration, response and readiness, national security, shipping, and fishing in the Arctic. High level talks were given by U.S. Arctic Research Commission Chair, Fran Ulmer, National Science Foundation Director France Córdova, and White House Office of Science and Technology Director John Holdren. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Angus King also spoke about the importance of the Arctic to the people of Alaska as well as those who live in the lower 48. Alaska Nanuuq Commission Director Jack Omelak delivered compelling speeches to close the Forum. A complete summary of the Forum, as well as the video and photos captured during the event, will be archived on our website over the upcoming weeks. More information may be found here.