​Linking Arctic Science and Policy

04/15/17 03:39:pm

Linking Arctic Science and Policy

The Honorable Fran Ulmer

U.S. Arctic Research Commission Chair

April 17, 2017, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Student Union Ventana Room

As a result of climate change, the Arctic is fast becoming a region of considerable scientific and geopolitical interest. In the Arctic, global warming is occurring at twice the rate of the rest of the planet – for the first time in history we will witness the emergence of a new ocean. For these reasons, the Arctic is a focus for global geopolitics with unique characteristics including the prominence of environmental security and the effective role of Arctic indigenous peoples in international affairs. The Arctic is now a top foreign policy priority for Canada, Russia, the Scandinavian countries and the United States as well as for sub-national entities such as Québec and Alaska. Even China, Japan, Singapore, India and the Republic of Korea now have a role on the Arctic Council. The Arctic is a paradox – it serves as the global barometer for climate change while presenting new ways forward in global geopolitics. Ulmer will describe these rapid changes, the complexities and challenges of this “new” global region and why this matters to the world.

Fran Ulmer is chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, where she has served since being appointed by President Obama in March 2011. In June 2010, President Obama appointed her to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer was chancellor of Alaska's largest public university, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Before that, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. Ms. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, a state representative, and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. Ulmer earned a J.D. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and has been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. For more information on the United States Arctic Research Commission, visit www.arctic.gov. Photos courtesy of www.arctic.gov.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Institute on Science for Global Policy, the University of Arizona College of Engineering, and the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy.

Update: Download the presentation Fran Ulmer made at the event (pdf).

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