Preparing for a Northwest Passage 

A Workshop on the Role of New England in Navigating the New Arctic

March 25 - 27, 2018  -- The University of New Hampshire





Thank you all for attending!


This workshop pairs two of NSF's 10 Big Ideas: Navigating the New Arctic and Growing Convergence Research at NSF.  During this event, participants will assess economic, environmental, and social impacts of Arctic change on New England and establish convergence research initiatives to prepare for, adapt to, and capitalize on these effects. Shipping routes through an ice-free Northwest Passage in combination with modifications to ocean circulation and regional climate patterns linked to Arctic ice melt will affect trade, fisheries, tourism, coastal ecology, air and water quality, animal migration, and demographics not only in the Arctic but also in lower latitude coastal regions such as New England. With profound changes on the horizon, this is a critical opportunity for New England to prepare for uncertain yet inevitable economic and environmental impacts of Arctic change.  (Click here for more)

Dr. Jennifer Francis
Sunday, March 25th  7:00 pm   MUB Theater II (Memorial Union Building, UNH
 FY18 Deadline (May 1, 2018)
 More information on NSF's 10 Big Ideas can be found at:

Announcement of other NSF-sponsored Convergence Intiatives

For an editorial on "Convergence in the Geosciences" (Marcia McNutt, National Academy of Sciences ) click here

Thank you to the undergraduate Junior Facilitators from the UNH Civil Discourse Lab who helped guide the round-table discussions. 

Wikimedia Commons - N.V. Deremer


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Funding for this workshop is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF #1744346)