MEETING SUMMARIES TAKING STOCK OF ARCTIC SEA ICE AN D CLIMATE BY MARY-LOUISE TIMMERMANS, JENNIFER FRANCIS, ANDREY PROSHUTINSKY, AND LAWRENCE HAMILTON he Arctic is characterized by strong natural varia- SYMPOSIUM ON ARCTIC SEA ICE AND CLIMATE bility, intricate feedbacks, and a multiyear memory for ocean-ice-atmosphere processes. WHAT: Fifteen scientists, representing a wid e range of Recent and unprecedented change to the Arctic cli- expertis e on the Arcti c environment, met t o mate system, however, appears to have been forced by discuss the state of the Arcti c system in the both anthropogenic change and natural variability, contex t of climate change. together with feedbacks among the sea ice, atmo- WHEN: 5-7 November 2008 sphere, and ocean. This was the consensus of discus- : Woods Hole, Massachusetts WHERE sions and presentations during a symposium at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in late 2008. Changes in the Arctic include increasing atmospheric Arctic atmosphere, sea ice, and ocean. The scientific and oceanic temperatures, ocean freshening, unusual presentations have been posted on the symposium's atmospheric circulation patterns, and the decline of Web site (www.whoi.edu/sites/arctic2008). sea ice (e.g., Richter-Menge et al. 2008). The sum- mers of 200 7 and 200 8 saw
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Published: Sep 25, 2009
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