Aerial view of Accomplishment Creek and the Sagavanirktok River in the Brooks Range of Alaska.  Photo by D.L. Kane


Press Conference:
Climate Change in the Arctic and the Intensifying Hydrologic Cycle

AGU 2004 Fall Meeting
San Francisco, CA
16 December 2004, 9 am PST

Session Overview
Recent changes to the Arctic hydrologic cycle may have implications far beyond the Arctic. Researchers are now documenting long-term changes in the storage and transport of freshwater in the Arctic atmosphere, lakes, rivers, ice, and seas. Scientists believe that these changes are a response to warming and that the changes in the Arctic are the first of a global climate on the move. Much of the Arctic freshwater is ultimately exported southward to the North Atlantic Ocean. This panel will discuss the latest findings on the intensifying hydrologic cycle at the top of the world, and the potential implications and effects on society.

Press Conference Panel Members and Affiliations
Mark Serreze, Cooperative Inst. for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado
Jim McClelland, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)
Michael Steele, Polar Science Center - Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington
Ignatius Rigor, Polar Science Center - Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington
Daniel White, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Panel Members from left to right: Mark Serreze, Ignatius Rigor, Daniel White, Jim McClelland, and Michael Steele. Harvey Leifert, AGU Public Information Manager, is seated behind the podium on the left side of the photo.
Photo courtesy of Larry Hinzman.




Press Conference Presentation Download
The press conference presentation will be available online at 7 am PST on Thursday 16 December 2004. The presentation is available as a PowerPoint file (8.6 MB). Individual slides in the presentation also contain links to other websites and work by researchers cited in the press conference.


DOWNLOAD the Fall AGU Press
Conference Presentation


Additional Information
Arctic-CHAMP is a funded activity of the National Science Foundation's Arctic Systems Science (NSF/ARCSS) Program. The first set of projects, funded under the title 'Arctic Freshwater Cycle: Land/Upper-Ocean Linkages' (or referred to as the 'Freshwater Integration study (FWI)'), links Arctic-CHAMP/ASOF/SEARCH. The Arctic-CHAMP Science Management Office is coordinating this effort, and the projects are sponsored by the NSF Office of Polar Programs.

Please contact: Larry Hinzman (ffldh@uaf.edu), Jonathan Pundsack (jonathan.pundsack@unh.edu), or Charles Vorosmarty (charles.vorosmarty@unh.edu) for more information about the Arctic-CHAMP Program. We encourage you to contact the Panel Members listed above for more specific information about findings presented during the press conference.




Arctic CHAMP
Science Management Office

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Photo: Aerial view of Accomplishment Creek and the
     Sagavanirktok River in the Brooks Range of Alaska.  Photo by D.L. Kane