Past Event

Frontiers in Understanding Climate Change and Polar Ecosystems: A Workshop

August 24, 2010 - August 25, 2010

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
100 Heron Blvd. Cambridge MD 21613

An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a worksop to explore what is known about the impacts of climate change on polar ecosystems and identify what gaps or unknowns exist that will be "frontiers" for future science. Using invited presentations and discussion, the workshop will have two components: a presentation portion that uses case examples to highlight known and anticipate impacts of changing climate in polar regions and an interactive portion designed to elicit an exchange of information on our evolving capabilities to study ecological systems and the big "next" questions that stand to be addressed. The agenda for the workshop will be developed to include topics that look at examples and research from both terrestrial and marine ecosystems to illustrate impacts such as species movement, changes in seasonality, and feedbacks, and explore how such impacts can or cannot be shown to relate to climate parameters. The workshop will be designed to bring together polar and non-polar scientists to explore whether there are new capabilities available to study ecosystems in different ways that might shed new light on these questions. Participants will seek to identify (but not prioritize) areas of research and technology advances needed to better understand the changes occurring in polar ecosystems.

Workshop Summaries Resulting from this Event

Frontiers in Understanding Climate Change and Polar Ecosystems: Summary of a Workshop (2011)

Report in Brief >> Climate change is already causing observable impacts on terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems in polar regions, and as climate continues to change, scientists expect these impacts to grow. However, the inherent complexity of ecosystems and the fact that they are subject to multiple stressors makes understanding the extent of future environmental change difficult. Scientists with expertise in Arctic, Antarctic, marine... More >>