The Arctic is experiencing an unprecedented change in its sea and terrestrial ice, permafrost, and ecosystems under the triple pressures of climate change, industrialization and modernization. The impacts of these pressures can be seen on food and energy security, shipping, sovereignty, northern community health and well-being, and sustainable development and resource exploitation. All these issues have brought the North to the forefront of national and international agendas. Circumpolar nations face an increased demand to enhance the observational capacity and understanding of this region to ensure that the best information possible is available to support evidence-based policy and decision-making. Science and knowledge mobilization play a pivotal role in this process.

Arctic Change 2020 will bring together leading Arctic researchers, Northern community representatives, graduate students, government and industry partners and stakeholders from all fields. During the week, the world’s foremost northern scientists will discuss the emerging global challenges and opportunities arising from climate change and modernization in the circum-Arctic. With over 1500 participants expected to attend, Arctic Change 2020 will be one of the largest trans-sectoral international Arctic research conferences ever held in Canada.

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