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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Climate Change and Arctic Sea Ice; So what is all the fuss about?


David Barber, Director, Centre for Earth Observation Science, University of Manitoba

People are becoming increasingly aware that something unusual is happening in the Arctic. The media is full of headlines concerning reductions in sea ice, the opening of northern waterways and the introduction of new species into northern ecosystems. As leader of the Circumpolar Flaw Lead system study, the largest of all the International Polar Year studies, Dr. David Barber has witnessed some of the most remarkable changes ever seen in high latitudes. His direct observation and modeling reveal how powerful climate feedbacks, and the winds and rain of cyclonic storms, are rapidly driving the Arctic Ocean to a summer with no ice. This transformation will have significant consequences for ecosystems and people, and is at the heart of issues connected to resource development, security and sovereignty in the Canadian Arctic.

Over the last two decades, Dr. Barber has played a leading role in large international networked Arctic research programs and has published extensively on the Arctic marine environment as a “system.” In 2002, he was appointed Canada Research Chair in Arctic-System Science at the
University of Manitoba.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday October 29, 2009 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Place: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $20
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday October 26, 2009