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Western Arctic / Bering Sea Impacts Study (BESIS)

by Gunter Weller, Director, Center for Global Change

The International Arctic Science Committee in Oslo has funded a planning effort at the Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research to examine the regional impacts of global change. At the upcoming AAAS Arctic Science Conference in September 1996 at Girdwood ski resort near Anchorage, a session will be held to present papers and discuss the nature and magnitude of changes in the Western Arctic/Bering Sea region as a consequence of global change. Key questions and issues to be addressed include the impacts on 1) commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries in the region; 2) marine ecosystems, particularly marine mammals, birds and lower trophic levels; 3) resource-dependent communities, particularly with respect to subsistence hunting and fishing; 4) terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems; 5) non-renewable resources development and transportation; and 6) public and private infrastructure: buildings, roads, airports and sea-ports. Participation in these sessions is invited from university and government researchers, the indigenous people of the region, private industry, and government agencies at all levels. International participants from Russia, Japan and other countries will also be invited. Interested persons may contact the organizers below if they wish to participate and/or to receive a prospectus of the proposed studies.

Sponsor: International Arctic Science Committee
Bering Sea Impact Study (BESIS) Project Office, Fairbanks
c/o Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Organizers: Gunter Weller and Patricia Anderson
Tel (907) 474-5698
Fax (907) 474-6722

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