Woodwell Climate's Dr. Sue Natali introducing speakers during the “Climate Justice, Permafrost Thaw, and Community-Based Observations” panel. Photo by Liz Hanlon / Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School
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Arctic Communications Specialist, Woodwell Climate Research Center
Arctic Communications Strategist, Woodwell Climate Research Center
Partners from Woodwell Climate Research Center and the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School attend global Arctic gathering
Permafrost Pathways joined thousands of attendees—including scientists, policymakers, Indigenous leaders and representatives, Arctic youth, and academics—from over 70 countries in Reykjavík, Iceland Oct. 19-21 for Arctic Circle Assembly (ACA) 2023. The annual meeting brings together the international Arctic community to discuss the region’s priorities and future in the midst of climate change.
Above: Native Movement’s Michaela Stith and Dr. Margaret Rudolph from the University of Alaska Fairbanks answering questions following the “Climate Justice, Permafrost Thaw, and Community-Based Observations” panel. Photo courtesy of Arctic Circle Assembly 2023
Below: Dr. Sue Natali and the Arctic Initative’s Dr. John Holdren during a panel about Arctic methane. Photo (left) courtesy of Arctic Circle Assembly 2023. Photo (right) by Liz Hanlon / Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School
From scientific panels to the Arctic Innovation Lab, Permafrost Pathways partners from Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell Climate) and the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School (Arctic Initiative) participated in several sessions and events this year. Senior Scientist at Woodwell Climate and Permafrost Pathways Project Lead Dr. Sue Natali also moderated a widely attended panel about climate justice and the importance of community observations in permafrost monitoring.
Check out the Arctic Initative’s “Report from Reykjavík” to read more about ACA 2023 events, key takeaways, and Permafrost Pathways participation. Explore this year’s full conference program for a comprehensive session schedule.