Preparing for a Northwest Passage:
The Role of New England in Navigating the New Arctic
To assess the economic, environmental, and social links between Arctic change and New England, identifying transformational convergence research initiatives to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to future impacts and opportunities.
  • Develop a vision for how Arctic change might impact New England over the next several decades and recommend future convergent research priorities linking Arctic change and New England.
  • Establish a New England Arctic Research Network to encourage multi-institutional convergence research projects
  • Identify specific research initiatives, core collaborative teams, topics for review papers, and follow-up plans for proposing to future NSF NNA and other federal opportunities.
Plenary Talk – Sunday March 25th – MUB (Memorial Union Buiding) Auditorium II
7:00     Dr. Jennifer Francis
Day 1 – Monday March 26 - Squamscott  
8:00    Breakfast and Registration
8:30    Introduction and Welcome  
Jan Nisbet, Senior Vice Provost for Research at the Univeristy of New Hampshire
             US Senator Angus S. King, Jr. video presentation
9:00     "Convergence in Research and Education" – Mamadou Diallo
9:50     Panel #1 --  “Convergence and Arctic Research”
[Larry Hamilton (moderator), Paul Berkman, Kim Juniper, Elisabet Idermark, Mamadou Diallo]
11:00  Break  
11:15  Round table discussions -- Convergence in Arctic Research
12:00  Lunch
1:00    Panel #2 --  “Infrastructure, Transportation, Opportunities, and Hazards”
             [Nancy Kinner (moderator), David Kennedy, Rebecca Pincus, Jeff Levine]
2:30    Break
2:45    Round table dicussions  -- Convergence in Infrastructure and Transportation 
3:30    Facilitated large group discussion -- identify specific research initiatives, core collaborative teams,
             and links to NSF solicitations and NNA Dear Colleague Letter
4:30    Reception at Dimond Library Special Collections & University Museum
             (includes student posters)
Day 2 – Tuesday, March 27 -- Squamscott
8:00    Breakfast at UNH Art Museum – Installations and paintings of the Arctic and Antarctic by artists
             Anna McKee, Wendy Jacobs, Erik Aho, Resa Blatman, Andrea Juan, Claudia O'Steen and Aly Ogasian.
9:00    Welcome to day 2
           "The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory" 
Maria Girouard,  Dawnland Environmental Defense
10:00  Panel #3 “Living Resources
[Jennifer Brewer (moderator), Susan Kaplan, Robin Alden, Tom Shyka]
11:00  Break  
11:15  Round table discussions -- Living Resources 
12:00  Lunch 
1:00    Panel #4  “Coastal Dynamics”
[Catherine Ashcraft (moderator), Kevin Knuuti, Adam Parris, David Watters, Steve Couture ]
2:30    Break
2:45    Round table dicussions -- Coastal Dynamics
3:30    Facilitated large-group discussion --  identify specific research initiatives, core collaborative teams,
             and links to NSF solicitations and NNA Dear Colleague Letter
4:20    Next steps and closure 
4:30    End of workshop
POSTERS: Poster easels and boards will be available around the conference room throughout the event. Please let us know if you'd like to display a poster!