COVID-19 Impacts in the Arctic

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Event Information

Tuesday, May 19-20, 2020
12:00 p.m.
Virtual Event

Dr. Rebecca Pincus, Strategic and Operational Research Department

COVID-19 threatens the Arctic region with new challenges to human life, economic prosperity and the fabric of communities. Ongoing climate and environmental change further compound the challenges facing Arctic communities.

In light of these unprecedented, intersecting challenges, this virtual conference, with coordination efforts by the U.S. Naval War College, the Wilson Center's Polar Institute and the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, will examine the impacts of COVID-19 in the Arctic. Over two days, the conference will feature a series of panels focusing on Arctic community health, economic activities, U.S. Coast Guard Operations, scientific research, international impacts and more.

Speakers will include leading voices from Arctic communities, federal and state agencies, academia, international entities and the private sector.

This event is open to the public. Please register to receive Zoom access information and updates to the program.

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Day One Agenda

  • 12:00pm to 12:05pm | Welcome Remarks
  • 12:05pm to 12:45pm | State of Alaska
  • 1:00pm to 1:45pm | Alaska Arctic Communities
  • 2:00pm to 2:45pm | International Arctic Communities
  • 3:00pm to 3:45pm | Arctic Economies
  • 4:00pm to 4:45pm | U.S. Coast Guard Arctic Operations

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Day Two Agenda

  • 12:00pm to 12:05pm | Welcome Remarks
  • 12:05pm to 12:45pm | Arctic History of Viral Epidemics and Pandemics
  • 1:00pm to 1:45pm | International Arctic Governance
  • 2:00pm to 2:45pm | Federal Arctic Science
  • 3:00pm to 3:45pm | Academic Research and Fieldwork in the Arctic
  • 4:00pm to 4:45pm | Arctic Climate and Environmental Change

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