Cabot oceans seminar series: Polar futures

17 March 2021, 5.30 PM - 17 March 2021, 6.30 PM


The Arctic Ocean is undergoing some of the most rapid climatic change observed around the world in recent decades: sea ice is thinning and declining, weather patterns are changing, and the seawater is becoming more acidic and polluted. The multiple climate stressors acting on economies and infrastructures are risking the livelihoods and health of the four million people who live north of the Arctic Circle, many of whom are Indigenous people. The region also plays a pivotal role in global climate and ocean circulation, and – closer to home – changes in the Arctic also influence UK extreme weather events.

The extent to which these changes will continue, accelerate or potentially reverse depends on our actions. However, the Arctic Ocean is also subject to complicated geopolitics and legal frameworks, which make decision making complex.

In this seminar, we will explore some of the scientific and social research priorities surrounding the future of the Arctic Ocean, with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary approaches and co-production.

The seminar talk will be give by Dr Kate Hendry from the School of Earth Sciences. She will then be joined for a panel discussion followed by a Q&A by Professor Martyn Tranter (School of Geographical Sciences), Dr Jack Landy (School of Geographical Sciences and University of Tromsø, Norway) and Dr Sofia Galani (Law School).

There will be an option to submit questions that you would like answering ahead of time when you register here. Please note that the deadline for submitting questions to the panel will be a week ahead of the event so that they have time to prepare answers.

You will be emailed a link to the zoom webinar two days before the event and on the morning of the event to make sure last-minute ticket holders can access the webinar.

This event will be recorded.

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