AOOS was approached by staff for the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) Independent Task Force on U.S. Strategy in the Arctic to help coordinate a briefing on climate science for the group’s fact finding trip to Alaska.
The Task Force is examining the new challenges and opportunities in the region, including security, economic, and environmental concerns. This high-level group of experts is chaired by Admiral Thad Allen, executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. and former commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, and Governor Christine Todd Whitman, president of the Whitman Strategy Group and former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Esther Brimmer, former assistant secretary of state for international organizations, is serving as the Task Force project director. The Task Force aims to produce a consensus report that will offer guidance on policy options to leading decision-makers, particularly as the United States continues its chairmanship of the Arctic Council through 2017. To support this endeavor, co-chairs Allen and Whitman, project director Brimmer, and program director Anya Schmemann traveled to Alaska on a fact finding trip August 20–28, 2016.
Representatives of our Alaska science community were asked to give short summaries of their key research in Alaska.
AOOS in the Arctic: Molly McCammon, AOOS
Contaminants in Pinnipeds and their Prey: Lorrie Rea, UAF
Arctic Research: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: Cathy Coon, BOEM
Landscape Conservation in the Arctic: Aaron Poe, ABSI LCC and Joel Reynolds, Western Alaska LCC
Oil Remediation in Arctic Waters: Bill Schnabel, UAF
Arctic Sea Ice & International Linkages: Hajo Eicken, IARC/UAF
Higher Trophic Level Species Response to Climate Change: Nicole Misarti, UAF
Research in Response to Increases in Arctic Shipping and Mineral Development: Andrew Metzger, UAA
Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the Arctic: Catherine Cahill, UAF
Arctic Fisheries: Courtney Carothers, UAF