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Webinar: The Arctic Ocean and Climate Change in a Time of Tension
Tuesday 21 March 2023

The uncertainty in Arctic governance that resulted from Russia's invasion of Ukraine has extended beyond geopolitical effects in the region. Sustained cooperation amongst the Arctic states, except for Russia, has been key to sustain scientific research after the loss of a large geographic partner. Cooperation on the ocean and climate issues in the Arctic will continue to be essential moving forward. What does the future hold for efforts to understand and steward the Arctic Ocean?

Join the Wilson Center's Polar Institute and the Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic (Norway) for a discussion about research and ocean-related cooperation in the context of current geopolitical tension.

Speakers will include:

  • Congresswoman Chellie Pengree (Keynote): Representative (Maine)
  • Ambassador Anniken Ramberg Krutnes (Opening Remarks): Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the United States
  • Dr. Michael Sfraga: Chair & Distinguished Fellow, Polar Institute/Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
  • Dr. Jane Lubchenco: Deputy Director for Climate and the Environment, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House
  • Dr. Larry Hinzman: Assistant Director of Polar Sciences, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Executive Director, Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC)
  • Jan-Gunnar Winther: Director, Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic (Norway)
  • Dr. Antje Boetius: Director, Alfred Wegener Institute; Professor, University of Bremen; Group leader; Joint Research Group for Deep-Sea Ecology and Technology, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

The webinar will be moderated by Evan T. Bloom (Senior Fellow, Polar Institute;
Former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries and Director for Ocean and Polar Affairs, U.S. Department of State) and Ambassador David Balton (Executive Director, Arctic Executive Steering Committee, Office of Science & Technology Policy, White House; former Senior Fellow, Polar Institute, Wilson Center).

Tuesday 21 March 2023

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