Open Workshops

Town Hall: Arctic Observing, progress and gaps

Monday 7 December, 2015
Time: 19:30 – 20:30
Seymour Meeting Room

The Arctic Institute of North America and the ISAC International Program Office are hosting a Town Hall Meeting at the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2015. Members of the Arctic research community, the private sector, environmental and government agencies, representatives from polar networks and other sectors, and the public, are invited to share their perspectives on key priorities for Arctic observing, emerging themes in the North, renewable energy, monitoring capacity, collaboration with Arctic communities, international programs, and adaptation or mitigation strategies for a changing Arctic. The upcoming Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) in Fairbanks, Alaska, will be held in conjunction with Arctic Science Summit Week 2016 (March 12-18:, including the development of concrete recommendations and solutions to coordinate, expand, and link international Arctic observing activities and to develop systems that are lacking. The upcoming Town Hall Meeting will provide opportunities for making recommendations for action, providing input on Arctic observing activities, potential partnerships, and products, and enable reporting of updates and observations on Arctic change, observing systems and initiatives, and on emerging needs. For updates and information, please visit

Arctic Shipping: Evaluating the Corridors Approach in Canada

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
Time: 9:00 – 12:00
Marine Meeting Room

A promising strategic approach to shipping governance in Arctic Canada being co-led by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is the ‘Northern Marine Transportation Corridors Initiative’ (NMTC). Corridors are shipping routes and/or designated areas where key navigational information and response services such as hydrography, icebreaking and aids to navigation can be prioritized.

The session will be held on December 8th from 9am-12noon and will include presentations on the current state of shipping activity across Arctic Canada, an update on the Northern Marine Transportation Corridors Initiative (NMTC), as well as time for an open discussion on the NMTC Initiative including data needs, management options, and future activities.

Anyone interested in Arctic transportation, economic development, oceans governance, climate change, Arctic policy, or shipping should attend.

Nunavut Marine Council Workshop

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Time: 13:30 – 16:30
Oak Meeting Room

The Nunavut Marine Council (NMC) was established by the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) to provide a vehicle for Nunavut’s institutions of public government to coordinate and provide advice to government on issues affecting Nunavut’s marine areas. The NMC consists of representation from the Nunavut Planning Commission, the Nunavut Impact Review Board, the Nunavut Water Board and the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, providing opportunity to bring their collective expertise and experience together to protect and promote the marine environment of the Nunavut Settlement Area. The NMC is excited to host an introductory workshop at ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2015 to discuss its mandate, business plan, and current priority areas with northern researchers, policy-makers, residents and stakeholders. The NMC invites interested parties to participate in this introductory workshop For full agenda please contact: .