Yesterday Arctic Frontiers arranged a seminar in Bremen in collaboration with Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). The title of the seminar was "Arctic biodiversity – Current state and research perspectives"
The Arctic is a complex region gaining increased attention. Climate change and modernisation provide both enormous challenges and opportunities for the Arctic and its people.The seminar focused on Arctic biodiversity, which is changing, perhaps irreversibly. Intense research and assessment studies document the impacts of human activities and climate change at regional and global scales, all pursuing the same goal, to discover ways to conserve the biological and cultural wealth of the Arctic. Biodiversity is life and we should feel responsible to maintain life on Earth and to conserve and protect the Arctic and its environment.
The program for the event:
Ole Øvretveit, General Manager Arctic Frontiers, Tromsø
Karin Lochte, Director Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven
Session I: The Arctic in times of climate change
Germany and the Arctic Council, Michael Däumer, German Federal Foreign Office
Results from the Norwegian Young Sea Ice Cruise (N-ICE 2015), Harald Steen, Centre for Ice, Climate and Ecosystems, Norwegian Polar Institute
EU-PolarNet, Ms. Karin Lochte, Alfred Wegener Institute
The pressure from climate change and pollutants on Arctic ecosystems, Lars-Otto Reiersen, Executive Secretary of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme
Association of Polar Early Career Scientists - Shaping the Future of Polar Research, Gerlis Fugmann, Executive Director Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
Session II: Aspects of ongoing and future Arctic biodiversity research
Arctic Frontiers Science – an overview, Ms. Katrin Bluhm, Arctic Frontiers Science
Scales matter: Environmental drivers of biodiversity and key species in the under-ice habitat and importance of sea ice algae for trophic carbon flux in the central Arctic Ocean, Hauke Flores, Alfred Wegener Institute
Benthic biodiversity – ecosystem function relation and the role of environmental change in polar oceans, Heike Link, University of Rostock
Arctic marine biodiversity, evidence for change, and the need to collaboration, Bodil Bluhm, University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway
How functional diversity can support understanding (and management) of changing Arctic ecosystems, Renate Degen, University of Vienna
Climate change promotes poleward shifts of boreal fish species to the Arctic, Maria Fossheim, Norwegian Institute of Marine Research
Ocean of change: what can we learn from long-term ecological research at HAUSGARTEN observatory, Melanie Bergmann, Alfred Wegener Institute
13:30 Closing remarks Ole Øvretveit, General Manager Arctic Frontiers
The dates for Arctic Frontiers 2017 is January 22 - 27.