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Published on Dec 17, 2010
AGU Fall Meetings Press Conference December 16th, 2010 With summer sea ice projected to disappear from much of the Arctic within decades, researchers are investigating whether ice may persist year-round somewhere, and thus provide a last stand for polar bears, seals and other creatures that cannot survive without it. Studies of ice-formation patterns, currents, winds, and the habitat requirements of arctic biota suggest there may be such a place. The researchers have zeroed in on the now heavily ice-clogged region just north of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and Greenland. Speakers: Stephanie L. Pfirman Hirschorn Professor and Department Chair, Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York City, New York, USA; Robert Newton Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, New York, USA; Bruno Tremblay Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Brendan P. Kelly National Marine Laboratory, NOAA, Juneau, Alaska, USA