[pccgrads] student note-takers needed for Arctic policy/science forum

Cecilia Bitz bitz at uw.edu
Fri Mar 30 18:31:01 PDT 2018

Hi PCC Grads,

I'm forwarding an email about a request for help at a high-profile
meeting taking place in Seattle April 20-22. The organizers are friends
and colleagues of mine. They have asked for UW graduate students to help
with note taking at an event downtown. I recommend it only if you are
interested in policy-science, especially in the Arctic. The chair,
Brendan Kelly, used to work in the white house in John Holdren's office
as assistant director for polar science, and now he is director of the
Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH). He drafted me years ago
to work on an endangered species status report for ringed seals. Feel
free to contact me if you want to know more about what the event might
be like. There is some incomplete info *at

Thanks for considering it!


The Arctic Futures 2050 Scenarios Workshop, to be held in Seattle April
20-22 at the Edgewater Hotel needs four note-takers for Saturday (4/21,
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and Sunday (4/22, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM) - ideally the
same individuals would cover both days, for continuity / consistency

This forward-looking endeavor that has the potential for significantly
impacting policies and planning for decades.  It will be a unique
opportunity to network with some of the world's leading thinkers as they
work together as a multi-disciplinary group to anticipate Arctic trends
– what they are, who they impact, how probable they are, what their
consequences could be, whether/how they are related, …  They have been
charged with developing:

1. A shared vision of plausible states of the Arctic in 2050,
2. Policy questions that anticipate different plausible futures,
3. The science planning needed to answer those questions, and
4. A call for papers addressing these policy-oriented questions.

In 2019, the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) organization
hosting the workshop - in collaboration with the Wilson Center’s Polar
Initiative, the U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, and
international partners - will convene the Arctic Futures 2050 Open
Science/Policy Meeting. In that meeting, Arctic researchers and
policy-makers will share knowledge and perspectives on the changing
Arctic in response to the policy questions and science needs identified
in the Arctic Futures 2050 Scenarios Workshop.

Interested students should use this Google spreadsheet
to provide their contact information.

Students will need to bring their own laptop and arrange their own
transportation to the venue (Edgewater Hotel on Seattle waterfront).  A
USB device will be provided for transfer of the resulting files.  Lunch
and refreshments will be provided. Reimbursement for parking expenses is
available.  We'll be in touch with more details about a week before the


Cecilia Bitz
Professor in Atmospheric Sciences
Director of the Program on Climate Change
office: 206-543-1339
fax: 206-543-0308
email: bitz at uw.edu or bitz at atmos.washington.edu
web: http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~bitz/

Atmospheric Sciences box 351640
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-1640 USA

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