Researchers mull over Arctic science


Over 450 researchers from 20 nations were in Copenhagen, Denmark from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12 to plan future Arctic research.

The United States, Russia, Canada, Germany, Poland and the Nordic countries sent large delegations to the conference, called the Second International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP II), to prepare Arctic research plans which will guide international co-operation over the next 10-15 years.

Some 140 scientists participated in the drafting of eleven science plans, on topics from sustainable development and Arctic economies to Arctic coastal processes, empowerment of the indigenous peoples, continental basin issues, biological diversity, climate matters and the rapid change and vulnerability of the social-ecological systems.

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