NOAA to release Arctic Report Card 2015

Annual update on Arctic environmental conditions to be announced at next week's American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco
December 8, 2015

On Tuesday, December 15, NOAA will release the latest scientific observations of the Arctic environment at a press conference hosted by the American Geophysical Union at its Annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

The Arctic is on the front lines of global climate change, warming more than twice as fast as lower latitudes. Now in its 10th year, the peer-reviewed Arctic Report Card provides the latest Arctic observations from an international team of more than 70 scientists in 10 countries about changes in Arctic air and sea temperatures, snow, sea ice, the Greenland ice sheet and vegetation. This year's report also includes guest essays that provide insight on how fish, walrus, and Arctic rivers are responding to changes in the warmer environment.


Arctic Report Card 2015 Press Conference at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco


Tuesday, December 15, 2015
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. PT (Noon - 1:00 p.m. ET)

  Moscone West at the Moscone Center
800 Howard St., San Francisco; Room 3000
  • Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., NOAA Chief Scientist, Washington, D.C.
  • Martin Jeffries, Ph.D., Arctic Science Advisor and Program Officer for Arctic and Global Prediction, U.S. Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia
  • Jacqueline Richter-Menge, Ph.D., Research Civil Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Kit M. Kovacs, Biodiversity Research Program Leader, Norwegian Polar Institute

Reporters can remotely participate in the Arctic Report Card press conference via webstreaming. For information on how to sign up and access this feature, click on the "webstreaming" tab in the online AGU Media Centeroffsite link.

If for some reason the webstreaming does not work for a particular press conference, AGU will immediately put up a message on the Fall Meeting Media Center homepageoffsite link and switch to making the briefing available via teleconference. To call into the teleconference, dial 877-709-0939 within the United States and Canada, or +1 678-735-6305 internationally. The participant passcode is 1924247921. NOTE: The teleconference will only be available if the webstreaming goes down.

NOTE: The NOAA Arctic Report Card website will be updated with the 2015 findings, photographs, graphics, a video and other information on Tuesday during the press conference.


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