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The changing Arctic examined

3 July 2018

The Environmental Audit Committee examines evidence and witnesses for the Committee's inquiry into the changing Arctic.

Purpose of the session

The session will begin with a panel discussion on some of the most important environmental processes taking place in the Arctic and assess the consequences globally, regionally and in the UK. The Committee will ask how the UK can continue to produce world leading scientific research in the Arctic.

The session will also explore how the changes in the Arctic are affecting local and indigenous communities and whether the UK could be doing more to support sustainable business development in the Arctic. Witnesses include Professor Martin Siegert from the Grantham Institute, Dr Rod Downie from WWF and Dr Alexandra Middleton from The University of Oulu, Finland.


Tuesday 3 July, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 10.15am

  • Professor Sheldon Bacon, Head of Marine Physics and Ocean Climate group, National Oceanography Centre
  • Dr Richard Wood, leads the Climate, Cryosphere and Oceans group, Met Office Hadley Centre
  • Professor Mark Inall, Director of Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society, Scottish Association for Marine Science
  • Professor Martin Siegert, Co-Director, Grantham Institute for Climate Change & Environment Imperial College London

At 11.15am

  • Professor James Ford, Research Chair and Professor at the Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds
  • Dr Rod Downie, Head of Polar Programmes, WWF
  • Professor Eric Wolff, Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge University, The Royal Society
  • Dr Alexandra Middleton, Assistant Professor, The University of Oulu, Finland

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