„The new Arctic“ – public lectures to start FACE-IT

Right at the start of the FACE-IT project, the wide public was invited to attend a colloquium: “The new Arctic: Ecological and societal transitions in glacial fjord systems”. On 25 November, from 3:15 pm CET, experts from Greenland, Norway, Denmark and Svalbard reported on effects of climate change on glacier and fjord systems, marine vegetation, marine mammals and indigenous inhabitants of the Arctic. Afterwards, study programs on Arctic biology on Greenland and Svalbard were presented.

The online lectures were open to everyone to attend and were, at the same time, the annual “BreMarE Day”, the anniversary colloquium of the Bremen Marine Ecology Centre for Research and Education of the University of Bremen, Germany.

Welcome address and introduction by Kai Bischof (University of Bremen, Germany), the project leader ot FACE-IT
Thomas Juul Pedersen (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Nuuk, Greenland): “Greenland fjords – Convergence zones between glaciers and the ocean”
Dorte Krause-Jensen (University of Aarhus, Denmark): “Imprint of climate change on pan-Arctic marine vegetation”
Sebastien Descamps (Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway): “When the Arctic gets boreal: ongoing shifts in a high-Arctic seabird community!”
Maiken Bjørkan (Nordland Research Institute, Bodø, Norway): “Fisheries in the Arctic”
Børge Damsgård (The University Centre in Svalbard, Longyearbyen): “UNIS – educating tomorrow’s Arctic experts”
Thomas Juul Pedersen (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Nuuk): “Arctic Science Study Programme (ASSP) – International graduate courses on climate, environment and communities of the Arctic”