The Arctic seems remote and disconnected from lower latitudes, but it is rapidly approaching as a force influencing life all over the planet. Like an object in the rear view mirror, the Arctic is closer than it appears. Dr. Brendan P. Kelly, Executive Director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change, shared his knowledge based on four decades of studying Arctic ecosystems with indigenous and scientific teachers at this March 29th event. He offered perspectives on how changes in energy use and economics are altering the Arctic environment challenging our ethical responses.

The Arctic in the Mirror: Closer Than It Appears
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Irvine Auditorium at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Event Video:  Available on Request (video has poor sound quality)--contact

Upcoming Lectures/Webinars:      Dr. Kelly will give a talk on climate change and the influence of the poles on the Monterey Bay, Monday, May 16th, 2016.  Details are included in the flyer for the event:  Truth, Wisdom, and the American Way Lecture/Dinner event (click to download flyer—$18.00 dinner and lecture)

Dr. Kelly will part of the 2016 Polar Prediction Workshop hosted by the Sea Ice Prediction Network, May 4-6, 2016 at Columbia University.  
More information can be found on the Sea Ice Prediction Network website.

Webinar, Wednesday, May 4th, 12pm PST (free event) :  Next Generation Earth System Prediction: Strategies for Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Forecasts, exploring a recent report that presents a 10-year research agenda to strengthen weather and ocean predictions.  You can also download the full report at that website.

Further Reading on this Issue:  

Scientists are floored by what’s happening in the Arctic right now,” Washington Post, February 18, 2016
Climate Model Predicts West Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Rapidly,” New York Times, March 30th, 2016


More on Dr. Brendan P. Kelly:

05.tifDr. Brendan P. Kelly is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE), Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), and Executive Director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH), a U.S. program with a mission to study Arctic change through collaboration with the research community, funding agencies, and other stakeholders.

“Dr. Kelly has long been at the heart of U.S. efforts to strengthen the role of science in understanding and responding to Arctic change,” says Uma Bhatt, former chair of the SEARCH Science Steering Committee. “His vision, research experience and well-established stakeholder relationships have distinguished him as an important leader for the Arctic research community, " she relates in a recent press release announcing his appointment as the SEARCH Executive Director.

Students at MIIS will soon have a unique opportunity to benefit from the collaboration with Dr. Kelly and SEARCH. This spring, students can enroll in The Changing Arctic: Ecosystems, Economy, and Politics, a course co-taught by Dr. Kelly and Dr. Judith Kildow, Director of the CBE's National Ocean Economics Program. Both instructors offer more than 40 years of experience in their respective fields.

Dr. Brendan P. Kelly's Full Bio Profile