1. The programme framework is ready
  2. Venue stood the test
  3. Committees ready to start working
  4. 1st Circular: Call for session proposals
  5. Oslo's new signature
  6. POLARCAT won the race for first proposal
  7. All programme proposals welcome
  8. IPY Open science in St.Petersburg
  9. Programme of 39 sessions
  10. Offer to registered participants: 30 percent discount on excursion to Svalbard
  11. IASC provides travel support to early career scientists
  12. 2nd Circular: Call for abstracts
  13. Time to get a booth at PolarEXPO!
  14. PolarCINEMA ready to receive polar films and TV-documentaries
  15. Steven Chown to be awarded the Martha T Muse Prize at IPY-OSC
  16. The IPY ‘From Knowledge to Action’ Conference to be held in Montreal in 2012
  17. Unique opportunity for science teachers
  18. A new precedent for the involvement of early career scientists
  19. Several opportunities to get travel support
  20. More than 2200 abstracts submitted on deadline
  21. Registration now open
  22. 400 stipends distributed to early career polar scientists
  23. Get your Letter of Invitation
  24. Invitations out for the PolarTEACHERS conference
  25. PolarCINEMA committee very satisfied with the turnout
  26. More than 2500 abstracts accepted
  27. RV Oceania to Oslo for IPY-OSC
  28. Institutions invited to indicate interest for the PolarFESTIVAL
  29. Poster guidelines
  30. Time slots allocated for sessions
  31. Book before 6th May: Glaciers and fjords - excursion to the scenic highlights of Western Norway
  32. Draft programme ready
  33. HRH Crown Prince Haakon will open the IPY-OSC 2010
  34. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco will attend the conference
  35. 9th June Keynote: Katherine Richardson
  36. 10th June Keynote: Ole Henrik Magga
  37. Tinker Foundation travel grants for Latin American participants
  38. 11th June Keynote: David Barber
  39. 12th June Keynote: Alexander Frolov
  40. 2200 have registered so far
  41. Make sure your media contacts are invited
  42. PolarEXCHANGE with Sue Nelson
  43. Patrick Webber awarded with the first IASC Medal
  44. Arctic sea ice cover heading towards another record low?
  45. Teachers and young scientists join forces in Oslo
  46. Making marfu and melting ice
  47. Preparing for tomorrows polar science
  48. Launch of the Polar Information Commons (PIC) Tuesday afternoon
  49. Cruising the Oslo Fjord for polar history
  50. Warm opening of a cool conference
  51. A territory of dialogue
  52. From policy to action
  53. Signing agreement for cooperation
  54. Rising sea levels on the agenda
  55. Prestigious prize for work in Antarctica
  56. Polar expedition to the FRAM Museum
  57. More cold and snowy winters to come
  58. Arctic and Antarctic partners sign agreement on polar education
  59. Medal for science and inspiring mentorship
  60. Science should incorporate indigenous knowledge
  61. A road movie on ice
  62. Data on ice loss in the Arctic Ocean can be misleading
  63. On the making of polar documentaries
  64. Encounters on Polar Street
  65. Morning plenary: Vladimir Kattsov
  66. International Polar Year officially closed
  67. Survey shows Norwegians believe in science
  68. 1st Circular out for IPY 2012 MONTRÉAL
  69. 2nd Circular out for IPY 2012 in Montreal
  70. Reminder: Call for abstracts
  71. One week left till Abstract Deadline
  72. Updating the IPY Publications Database for the IPY 2012 Conference in Montreal
  73. Time to register for the IPY 2012 conference

11th June Keynote: David Barber

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Leading one of the world's largest IPY projects, Dr. David Barber has had a team of 200 international researchers examining how global warming in the Arctic predicts the effects of climate change on our planet. In his keynote speech "On thin Ice: The Arctic and Climate Change", he will summarise what we know.

"We are almost out of multiyear sea ice in the northern hemisphere. I've never seen anything like this in my 30 years of working in the high Arctic ... it was very dramatic. The Arctic is an early indicator of what we can expect at the global scale as we move through the next few decades ... So we should be paying carefull attention to this."
David Barber

The team has focused on Circumpolar Flaw Leads (CFL), created when the Arctic ice pack moves away from coastal ice, leaving areas of open water.  The CFL project builds upon a legacy of outstanding northern research at the University of Manitoba.

As Professor of Environment and Geography and Canada's Research Chair in Arctic System Science, David Barber explores the frontiers of global climate change. He is director of the Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS) at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg.

Born in 1960, Dr. Barber obtained his Ph.D. (1992) from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He was appointed to a faculty position at the University of Manitoba in 1993 and received a Canada Research Chair in Arctic System Science ( in 2002. He is currently Associate Dean (Research), CHR Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources. He is recognized internationally through scientific leadership in large network programs (e.g., NOW, CASES, ArcticNet, the Canadian Research Icebreaker (Amundsen), and CFL), as a member of several

and international committees. He supervises 9 MSc students; 9 PhD students, 4 post doctoral fellows and 9 full time research staff.

David Barber has extensive experience in the examination of the Arctic marine environment as a ‘system', and the effect climate change has on this system.  He has published over 120 articles in the peer reviewed literature pertaining to sea ice, climate change and physical-biological coupling in the Arctic marine system.  

For many years, David Barber considered himself a climate change skeptic. As a sea ice specialist, who has worked in the Arctic since 1981, he knew from the outset that significant changes in sea ice patterns were occurring. But he put it down to the influence of natural variability.

By the mid-1990s, though, mounting evidence of how greenhouse gas emissions are transforming the Earth's climate - with the starkest effects in the Arctic - turned him into a convert. Today Barber speaks out about the dangers of global warming. His scientific research supports the need to act on climate change.

In November last year Barber spoke shortly after returning from an expedition that sought - and largely failed to find - a huge multiyear ice pack that should have been in the Beaufort Sea off the Canadian coastal town of Tuktoyaktuk. Instead, his ice breaker found hundreds of miles of what he called "rotten ice" - 50-cm (20-inch) thin layers of fresh ice covering small chunks of older ice.

"From a practical perspective, if you want to ship across the pole, you're concerned about multiyear sea ice. You're not concerned about this rotten stuff we were doing 13 knots through. It's easy to navigate through. I would argue that we almost have a seasonally ice-free Arctic now, because multiyear sea ice is the barrier to the use and development of the Arctic," said Barber.

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Last updated: 14.04.2010