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A SYMPOSIUM discussing the effects that climate change is having on Arctic ecosystems is to be held in Anchorage on March 26-29.

Sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean melted away to a record low in 2012, according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center and the conference seeks to illustrate how individual marine species—from arctic cod, to seals, whales, polar bears and ultimately humans—will respond to the loss of sea ice and other consequences of a warmer Arctic.

This symposium will bring scientists from around the world to share their research on how arctic marine ecosystems are responding to climate change. Among the topics are:

* Observed and anticipated environmental changes in the Arctic.

 * Lower trophic level productivity of arctic waters in a changing climate.

 * Marine fish resources of the Arctic in a changing climate.

 * Observed and anticipated responses of arctic birds and marine mammals to environmental changes in the Arctic.

 * Effects of changing arctic marine ecosystems on humans.

 * Understanding and managing arctic marine ecosystems in a time of change.

The symposium is organized by Alaska Sea Grant, guided by steering committee members from NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Pew Environment Group, US Arctic Research Commission, Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, North Pacific Fishery Management Council, North Pacific Research Board, and the Institute of Marine Research in Norway.

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