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Arctic background / Northwest Atlantic research
« on: May 01, 2017, 12:16:03 AM »

Article clips:

Scientists from six countries have teamed up on a slow boat from Newfoundland to Ireland to take a hard look at the possible effects of climate change on the northwest Atlantic Ocean.....

One of the mysteries the researchers are trying to shed light on is: Why is climate change affecting Newfoundland differently from other parts of the world?....

Newfoundland saw a lot of icebergs early this year. While Wallace said it's difficult to place a one-year event within a long-term pattern of climate change, he said there is more fresh water, including icebergs, moving south, and that could affect ocean currents....

"Typically waters between Labrador and Greenland sink but if the water becomes too fresh, that process can slow down or even, I suppose, stop. So, the icebergs might be just one hint of that."

NB Neven, again, please change my subject line, or move this, as warranted.

Arctic background / 2017 SWIPA report
« on: April 25, 2017, 10:19:25 PM »
The 2017 Snow, Water, Ice, and Permafrost in the Arctic report and "Summary for Policy Makers" is released in advance of the meeting of the Arctic Council on May 11.

The work of over 90 scientists is included in this report, including Dr David Barber of the U of Manitoba.

LInk to summary:

Accompanying video:

Article in Science Nordic:

Links to previous (2011) report and other info:

Neven, I wasn't sure where to put this. Hope this is okay.

Arctic background / Climate change in Nunavut
« on: March 18, 2017, 11:04:43 PM »
Website from the Climate Change Centre of the Government of Nunavut, offering an overview of climate change in the Canadian Arctic. Great resource from the front lines.

"The Nunavut Climate Change Centre helps Nunavummiut learn about Arctic climate change, and how they can engage and adapt. Here is an overview of climate change in the Canadian Arctic, and opportunities to get involved and explore the latest research and information on traditional and local knowledge of climate change."

Thanks to Andy in SD over at Robertscribbler for the link.

Policy and solutions / Arctic Circle 2016 conference
« on: October 09, 2016, 05:41:47 PM »
For the record---parking this here as I can't find it anywhere else----the Arctic Circle 2016 conference is just ending today. This is a major international conference on all sorts of Arctic issues, held this year in Reykjavik. Lots of scientists and research institutes are participating.

Not much online yet, but I gather that many of the sessions have mentioned or dealt specifically with climate change in the Arctic. Perhaps more info, videos, etc, will be coming out in the next wee while.

Example: one session today focused on "Earth Observations" and called for all data on atmosphere, oceans, sea/land ice, biodiversity, etc. to be shared---which apparently is not the case at the moment?   

Conference program is here:

Twitter is #ArcticCircle2016

Consequences / "blue ocean" in the Arctic
« on: May 14, 2016, 11:37:36 AM »
Question from the back row here: would someone point me to any sources that explain the implications of a blue ocean event in the Arctic?

I understand the measures of extent and volume, and the idea that the dark expanse of water will absorb more heat from the sun. I also understand that the first blue ocean event may increase the likelihood and duration of subsequent events, and that we may be looking at a substantially ice-free summertime Arctic by the 2020s. As a Canadian---a Newfoundlander, I understand what that means for increased exploitation of the Arctic, both military and commercial.

But has anyone teased out all this in any detail? And I am particularly interested in what a blue Arctic might mean for the flora and fauna that live or breed there,  for global weather patterns and ocean circulation, etc etc.

Consequences / cruising the Northwest Passage, anyone?
« on: April 07, 2016, 09:44:23 PM »
Maiden post for me, wasn't sure where to put this, so apologies if it's been posted elsewhere already---couldn't find it on a search...

but it seems a consequence of AGW that business will want to capitalise on climate change in the Arctic, and what better way than to offer ultimate expeditions that include Arctic golfing?

Crystal Serenity. Book your passage now for the August-September 2016 maiden voyage, Anchorage to New York via Nunavut.

There are several pages of blurb at this site.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Needless to say, the Canadian Coast Guard are not amused.



"Unexpected Adventures":

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