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March 20, 2013

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The Senate will consider HR 933, the continuing resolution to fund the government to the end of fiscal 2013. The House is expected to consideration of a budget resolution for fiscal year 2014, voting on five possible substitute amendments.

  The National Research Council's Ocean Studies Board will convene a meeting of the committee that's studying this subject at the Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks, to hear from Alaska-based experts in this subject. Topics to be discussed include physical oceanographic and terrestrial conditions, biological productivity, oil spill response (USCG, BSEE, AK DEC), and local community perspectives. The link above provides information on meeting logistics and the agenda. Remote link-in to the meeting can be arranged. Contact Heather Chiarello,
Lecture: Melting Ice: What is happening to Arctic sea ice and what does it mean for us? March 20, 2013, Washington DC.The National Research Council is sponsoring the 14th annual Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture, to be given by Dr. John Walsh of the Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks. The lecture, which starts at 5:30 pm in the Baird Auditorium, in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (10th Street and Constitution entrance) is free, and open to the public, but pre-registration for planning purposes, would be appreciate. Please contact Pamela Lewis ( with questions.


The American Geophysical Union (AGU), in partnership with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the National Academies' Ocean Studies Board, will present a lunch briefing on Melting Sea Ice in the Arctic: Science to Understand the Impacts to Our National Security, Natural Resources, and Economy. Speakers for the event include Dr. Cecilia Bitz, associate professor of atmospheric sciences and affiliate physicist for the Polar Science Center at the University of Washington; Lt. Commander Kenneth J. Boda, Arctic strategic analys and prospective executive officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter POLAR STAR; Dr. Brendan P. Kelly, assistant director for polar sciences at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President; and Dr. John E. Walsh, chief scientist of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

usarc logo largeThe US Arctic Research Commission Releases USARC Report on Goals and Objectives for Arctic Research 2013-2014. Arctic research plays a key role in addressing fundamental scientific issues and in helping the nation meet its needs, aspirations and responsibilities as an arctic nation. To this end, the USARC delivers a biennial report to the President and Congress outlining recommended scientific research goals and objectives for the Arctic. US Arctic Research Commission


Gas Association Plans to Sue Over Listing of Seals. The Alaska Oil and Gas Association plans to sue over a federal decision to list as threatened two types of ice seals. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced in December that ringed seals and bearded seals in the Arctic Ocean would be protected under the Endangered Species Act. These joined polar bears as species listed as threatened by loss of sea ice. Ventura County Star


Canada flagCanadian Polar Commission Looks to Ramp Up Role in Arctic: Commission wants to ensure indigenous knowledge mixes with scientific research. The Canadian Polar Commission wants to take on a new and more public role in northern affairs. The organization is responsible for promoting the development and dissemination of polar knowledge. The commission was created in 1991 to promote polar science and scientific research. Today, the scientific community is focusing more and more on climate change, and the Arctic is where they want be. CBC News


Iceland and China to Become Neighbors? Iceland and China can become neighboring states in the next five to ten years with the opening of the sailing route through the Arctic, according to Dr. Jiang Ye, director of the Shanghai Institute of International Studies, at a conference on Arctic affairs in Reykjav