The animated substantive discussions and collegial respect so evident in Quebec City confirm one basic tenet: Any commitment that arctic governments make to fostering academic exchange at this level will be repaid many times over in ideas and concrete steps to address the unprecedented change now facing the region. Initiatives such as University of the Arctic offer additional, multinational models for multiplying the effect of trans-boundary research collaboration.
The Arctic is much more a part of national identity in Canada than in the United States. Nonetheless, multiple efforts within the United States promote arctic research, including the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, a non-governmental organization whose work complements the activities of The U.S. Arctic Research Commission; the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (a partner of the Quebec City conference), the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee and the NSF Office of Polar Programs and the National Academies' Polar Research Board.
Arctic Mapping at the Arctic Change Conference
The Arctic Change program is available on the conference website where the presentations will also soon be accessible. With respect to Arctic mapping and sovereignty issues, three Arctic Change events were of particular note: Larry Mayer's Plenary Address "Mapping the High Arctic: The Challenges and the Joys" and two panels, details of which are available on the Conference Program page:
- T34. Seafloor Mapping of the Arctic Ocean, Continental Shelves and Margins - Moderator Steve Blasco
- T12. The Law and Politics of Canadian Jurisdiction on the Arctic Ocean Seabed - Moderator Suzanne Lalonde