NSIDC Cryosphere Seminar
Pam Pearson and Morgan Seag of the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative present Where Cryosphere Science can Impact Global Climate Policy
Abstract: Cryosphere science is of central importance to global climate policy. However, few resources exist to help cryosphere scientists understand how their research is used and interpreted in international policy forums, or how scientists themselves can contribute to ambitious climate action through these discourses. Through this seminar, the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative will discuss the policy implications of cryosphere science, focused on what scientists should know about UN-level climate negotiations and other forums such as the Arctic Council, Antarctic Treaty system and the UN Mountain Partnership; and how scientists' work can and does feed into these processes.
Pam Pearson is a former U.S. diplomat with 20 years of experience working on global issues, including climate change, non-proliferation, and various initiatives on the environmental and social policies of the multilateral development banks. She served in postings to Ecuador, Sweden, Norway, and several of the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union, designing some of the very first environmental health programs there. She was part of the Kyoto Protocol negotiating team. From 1999-2003 Pam was a counselor and acting deputy ambassador to Norway and served as the United States focal point to the Global Fund on AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis from 2003-2005. She resigned in 2006 in protest over changes to U.S. development policies, especially related to environmental and global issues programs. From 2007-2009, she worked from Sweden with a variety of organizations and Arctic governments to bring attention to the potential benefit of reductions in short-lived climate forcers to the Arctic climate, culminating in Arctic Council ministerial-level action in the Tromsø Declaration of 2009. Pam founded ICCI immediately after COP-15 to bring greater attention and policy focus to the rapid and markedly similar changes occurring to cryosphere regions throughout the globe; their importance to the global climate system; and the need for intensified and specific mitigation efforts to slow these changes and allow greater adaptation by local peoples.
Morgan Seag holds a PhD in Geography / Polar Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She has expertise in the social and political dimensions of cryosphere science, with particular interests in climate policy, institutional change, and science communication. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Tasmania, and she has worked with several non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations at the science-society-policy nexus, including the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. Her work has taken her to both high-altitude and high-latitude cryosphere areas in regions ranging from the Rocky Mountains to Oceania and Scandinavia to Antarctica.
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