Mon, 2018-01-08 12:00

Event: Challenges in the Arctic: Managing an Expanding Ocean Frontier

Earlier this month, the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions hosted a lunch forum with the Woods Institute for the Environment, focused on Challenges in the Arctic: Managing an Expanding Ocean Frontier. Arctic policy experts came together to better understand and address the potential impacts of multiple stressors in the region.

One of the key takeaways?

“What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic,” according to Fran Ulmer, who chairs the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. She and other experts discussed many of the big issues related to key ocean stressors that threaten the Arctic. As this region is increasingly buffeted by climate change, shipping is increasing, offshore oil and gas development is occurring and perhaps expanding, and commercial fisheries may open in the future. The discussion also covered policy and management implications, all in an effort to better understand the key challenges and stresses this region will face over the next 10-20 years.

The following experts participated:

Janis Searles Jones (CEO, Ocean Conservancy)
Fran Ulmer (Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission)
Denny Kelso (Program Director of Marine Conservation, Moore Foundation)

Jim Leape, co-director of the Center for Ocean Solutions, moderated the discussion.