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Arctic Science Summit Week Published 15.04.2010

Through 15 – 18 April GINR and GCRC co-arrange and participate in the annual event Arctic Science Summit Week where a number of international organisations supporting Arctic research meet. This year the Greenland Self Government is host.

“Even though this is not a scientific meeting but a business meeting, ASSW is a good possibility for the Greenlandic institutions to introduce recent findings to an international interest group. The coordinating meetings among the various organisations give us a unique chance to concentrate and optimize our common resources. Arctic research is expensive and coordination of e.g. expeditions and the use of our research vessels are extremely valuable to us”, states Søren Rysgaard, Head of GCRC.

Søren Rysgaard participates in a.o. Arctic Science Boards Meeting where he – on behalf of Jody Deming, chairman of IAPP – presents results and future plans for the international research group on open-water polynias.

At a public meeting on Sunday 18 April, Søren Rysgaard introduced activities new initiatives from GCRC. Also present at this meeting was senior scientist Naja Mikkelsen, GEUS, who gave a lecture on the impact of climate change in Ilulissat Isfjord; Senior scientist Morten Rasch, GCRC/DMU lectured on the monitoring program at Zackenberg in North-East Greenland. Finally, Daniel Thorleifsen talked on demands and possibilities in social science in the future Greenland.

ASSW is a union of the organisations: International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), Arctic Ocean Science Board (AOSB), European Polar Board (EPB), Pacific Arctic Group (PAG) and Forum of Arctic Research Operators (FARO). The purpose of this meeting is to ease international coordination and cooperation among all Arctic sciences. About 70 scientists from all over the world participated.