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Lecture: "Responding to the Changing Arctic"

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
233 HUB-Robeson Center

The Polar Center Job Talk with Stephanie Pfirman

Over the coming decades, the Arctic Ocean is facing major changes—increasing periods of open water mean loss of habitat at the same time as the surrounding regions become more accessible by sea. A global response requires a concerted effort to mitigate warming, at the same time that we develop and implement deliberate adaptation programs. Key steps needed to tackle these challenges include:

  • Improving local and regional ice forecasts over seasonal and decadal time scales,
  • Global awareness of Arctic ice services through improved communication strategies,
  • Development of ice restoration scenarios, and
  • Recognition of the need to consider and implement management options both locally and Arctic-wide.


Stephanie Pfirman is Hirschorn Professor of Environmental Science and co-chair of the Department of Environmental Science at Barnard College.

Additionally, she has a joint appointment at Columbia University where she is a faculty member of the Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and adjunct research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.

Pfirman served as co-chair of the National Academy of Science study committee on Emerging Research Questions in the Arctic, which produced the 2014 “The Arctic in the Anthropocene” report. She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Pfirman’s current scientific research focuses on the Arctic environment, in particular on the nature and dynamics of Arctic sea ice.

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