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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.


Arctic Meltdown

with
Louis Fortier
Québec-Océan, Université Laval

Climate models predict that the earliest indisputable evidence of climate change will come from the melting of Arctic sea ice. Is the current thinning and disappearance of sea ice proof that the models are right? The jury is still out. But, given the impressive match between observations and simulations, Canada would be wise to prepare for the ecological, geo-political and socio-economic consequences of an Arctic meltdown. In his talk, Dr. Fortier will examine the potential impacts of a sea-ice meltdown – from the extinction of Canada’s unique arctic fauna to a potential cooling of Northern Europe – and he will describe the newest international efforts, led by Canada, to decipher the enigmas posed by the transformation of the Arctic.

Louis Fortier is a professor of Oceanography at Université Laval and Director of Québec-Océan. For the past decade he has been at the forefront of efforts to rebuild Canadian leadership in the study of the Arctic Ocean.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

Co-Sponsors:
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
--NSERC

DATE: Tuesday, May 6, 2003 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am