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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.

Uncharted Waters: A scientific glimpse into the future of the Arctic Ocean

Jay T. Cullen, University of Victoria

Climate change is reshaping the Arctic Ocean faster than anyone imagined. Warming is reducing sea ice cover in the summer months, adding freshwater from melting of sea ice and glaciers, and altering ocean currents and ocean mixing. While Northerners may benefit from the expansion of commercial fishing and shipping and the exploitation of mineral resources, the physical changes in the ocean will affect the food available for marine life and alter the movement of metal and chemical contaminants that harm animals and those who consume them. By following and mapping the distribution of chemicals in the water, science will help us predict and adapt to the Arctic's response to climate change and other human disturbances.

Dr. Jay Cullen is a Professor of Oceanography at the University of Victoria. His research specialty is the chemistry of metals and artificial radioactive isotopes in seawater and living organisms. He was awarded the Craigdarroch Research Award for Excellence in Knowledge Mobilization and named Provost’s Engaged Scholar at the University in recognition of his efforts in science communication, education and public outreach. Cullen is project lead of the Integrated Fukushima Ocean Radionuclide Monitoring project that is investigating the impact of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster on ocean and public health in Canada.

The presentation will be in English.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE).
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and many other sponsors.

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Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Hot breakfast is ready by 7am)
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after October 23, 2017.

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