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January 24, 2014


Arctic Frontiers, January 19-24, 2014 (Tromso, Norway). Arctic Frontiers is an international arena addressing development in the Arctic. The conference discusses how upcoming opportunities and challenges may be handled to ensure viable economic growth and societal and environmental sustainability. Annually, the conference attracts more than 1000 participants from 25 Arctic and non-arctic countries, representing science, business, politics, and civil society. The theme of the conference is 'Humans in the Arctic'. As with previous years the policy section will run for the first two days, followed by three days of science. The science section will have four parts under 2 main headings: Health, Society and Environment; and, Maritime Operational


Alaska Marine Science Symposium, January 20-24, 2014 (Anchorage, Alaska). The mission of the Alaska Marine Science Symposium is to bring together scientists, policymakers, students, educators, media and the public to share research findings focused on Alaska's marine fisheries and ecosystems. The Symposium is built around regional themes-Bering Sea, Arctic Ocean, and the Gulf of Alaska. Within each theme, there will be discussions on climate, oceanography, lower tropic levels, the benthos, fishes and invertebrates, seabirds, marine mammals, local and traditional knowledge, and socioeconomic research.


The agenda is available here


capital Today's Congressional Action:   

The House and Senate are not in session.




"Not Enough" Minerals in Greenland to Fund Independence: Report. Greenland's financial future cannot be based solely on mining, an expert report to be released Friday concludes. "Exploiting mineral resources could be an important aspect of building a nation with a self-sufficient economy in the geographical Greenland. However, this will not necessarily lead to greater independence for the Greenlandic population, as it is defined today," the report, published by the universities of Greenland and Copenhagen, states. Arctic Journal


Ammonia, Metals Leaching into Nunavut's Frobisher Bay. Every day about 26 metric tons of garbage are trucked into the landfill in the city of Iqaluit, Nunavut. The landfill is already well over capacity. Just down the road, the sewage treatment plant releases effluent into Koojesse Inlet. Federal officials say that waste poses a danger to people and the environment. Alaska Dispatch


Russian-American Census Russian Arctic Waiting Investments. Last autumn the Russian Government approved a large-scale program of social and economic development of the Russian Arctic Zone. It is based on the Arctic Strategy of the Russian Federation signed by the President in February last year and 2014 should become the first year of this plan's execution. The text of this program is not officially published but it is known that it contains 60 important measures. The specially established working group, incidentally also consisting of 60 experts, will once a year make a special report summing up the results of realization of the Arctic Strategy and present it to the President of Russia. The first report was promised to be prepared this week. Barents Observer


In Nunavut's Remote Corners, Nurses Form the Backbone of Health Care. Occasionally, she'll be called upon to treat unlucky soldiers or polar explorers and, in rare circumstances, sew up an injured sled dog in Canada's second-most-northerly community - about 600 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. Ms. Rose is a nurse, not a physician, but like many in her profession across Nunavut, the northernmost of Canada's three territories, she is frequently called upon to provide health care that can't wait until patients see a doctor. Physicians are based in only a few of Nunavut's 25 communities, so in most towns and hamlets, the largely Inuit population turn first to nurses for medical attention. This includes basic blood work and delivering babies that come early, before mothers can make it to the capital, Iqaluit. The Globe and Mail


Northern Arctic Could Have Long Wait for Reliable Broadband. The northernmost regions of the Arctic could be at least a half decade from getting reliable broadband coverage, according an operator that has studied the prospects closely. The Norwegian telecommunications operator has been working with the Norwegian Space Center on the feasibility of spending as much as $500 million to launch two satellites capable of blanketing the top portion of the Arctic Circle with high-speed Internet. Telenor says that while "data communication in the northern parts of the Arctic is virtually nonexistent" and demand for the service will grow, the levels are still "well below" being commercially viable. The Wall Street Journal 

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No legislative action was formally considered yesterday.

Future Events


Building Climate Solutions, January 28-30, 2014. (Washington, DC) The conference is organized by the National Council and Environment with the assistance of a variety of partnering organizations. The conference is expected to engage over 1,200 key individuals from many fields of sciences and engineering, government and policy, business and civil society to advance solutions to climate change.The conference will be organized around two areas: [1] The Built Environment; and, [2] Agriculture and Natural Resources. Under these two themes, 24 tracks connect the conference to specific initiatives led by partnering organizations that advance solutions. In this manner, participants will engage with and have lasting impact on real world responses to climate change. 


The Arctic Encounter Symposium, February 7-8, 2014 (Seattle, Washington). The goal of the Arctic Encounter Symposium is to engage participants in a focused discussion, through a balanced forum, highlighting shared interests and concerns of the United States and the global community as we look north to the last emerging frontier - the Arctic. The Symposium will incorporate a diverse group of leaders and experts to debate how a rapidly changing Arctic will impact international law, domestic policy, business and commerce, the environment, and the people of the Far North. Speakers include policy makers, industry leaders, scientists, and academic experts. The two-day Symposium will take place at Seattle University School of Law with a dinner reception at the Seattle Aquarium on Pier 59. US Arctic Research commissioners Fran Ulmer and Edward Itta will be speaking.

Arctic Technology Conference, February 10-12, 2014. (Houston, TX) Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) provides offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. The Arctic Technology Conference (ATC) is built upon OTC's successful multidisciplinary approach, with 14 technical societies and organizations. The conference is an international event focused on continuing innovative technologies and solutions needed for exploration and production of energy within the circum-Arctic.


**New** Developing Alaska's Marine Workforce, February 14, 2014. (Anchorage, Alaska, USA). The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) hosts the luncheon. Discussion will focus on industry strategies for moving forward to secure Alaska's future needs for an educated and trained workforce are met. Feature presentations include a recap of NAMEPA's 2012 meeting, University of Alaska updates on the FSMI (Alaska's Fisheries, Seafood, Maritime Initiative) Workforce Development Plan and trends in education and training. 


Arctic Ambitions, February 27-28, 2014 (Girdwood, Alaska). World Trade Center Alaska will host Arctic Ambitions III: Commercial Development of the Arctic. This conference focuses solely on Arctic international trade and business opportunities. It is anticipated that about 200 business and government leaders attending next year's conference.

Arctic Ambitions III will concentrate on the theme of international trade and business opportunities that flow from resource development in the Arctic. While policy and research inform the discussion, the conference focuses on global markets, international trade and logistics. The previous two conferences brought together presenters from Canada, Finland, Norway, Russia, Korea and Alaska. USARC Chair Fran Ulmer will be a speaker. 

Warming Arctic Development, Stewardship and Science, March 3-4, 2014 (Medford, MA, USA) The Fletch School of Tufts University will sponsor this event on the implications of the warming Arctic. The event will focus on the economic development of the High North lands in the years ahead. Topics will include: when and where will warming most likely happen; how will commercial interests approach the fragile Arctic lands and peoples; and, how will government regulations affect Arctic warming.


Arctic 2050, March 12, 2014 (Brussels, Belgium). The 4th European Marine Board Forum will bring together Arctic stakeholders from multiple sectors (science, industry, policy & governance, NGOs, etc.) to: discuss current trends and patterns of change in Arctic Ocean ecosystems, including human activity; identify possible "2050" scenarios for Arctic Change and the corresponding implications for human health and well-being; highlight key research gaps, needs and challenges in support of understanding, mitigating against, or adapting to Arctic change; stimulate dialogue across sectors to aid common understanding, collaborative actions and sustainability targets; promote a vision for a sustainable ecosystem-based management of the Arctic Ocean by 2050.


44th Annual International Arctic Workshop, March 14-16, 2014 (Boulder, CO). The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research of the University of Colorado will host the workshop. This year's theme is "Arctic's New Normal." The workshop will consider shifting environmental baselines over decades to millennia and comparisons with the Antarctic. Previous workshops have included presentations on Arctic and Antarctic climate, atmospheric chemistry, environmental geochemistry, paleoenvironment, archeology, geomorphology, hydrology, glaciology, soils, ecology, oceanography, Quaternary history and more.


Association of American Geographers Polar Geography Sessions, April 8-12, 2014 (Tampa, Florida).  Polar Geography Sessions are being planned in areas such as Sustainable Development in the Arctic, Urbanization and Transportation in the Arctic, etc. Contact Scott Stephenson ( for more information, and see attached flyer. 


Arctic Science Summit Week April 5-8, 2014 and Arctic Observing Summit, April 9-11 (Helsinki, Finland). ASSW is a gathering for Arctic research organizations. Any organization engaged in supporting and facilitating arctic research is welcome to participate. The ASSW meeting in 2014 will be arranged during April 5-8 in Helsinki Kumpula Campus, in the facilities of FMI and Physics Department of the University of Helsinki. Second circular here


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