Side event on Arctic Frontiers: Arctic weather and climate change: impact and consequences for the society

There is an increased need to understand how changes in weather and climate relate to one another and what to expect in the future.

Dr. John Walsh received the Mohn Prize not only because of his pioneering research on the Arctic. He is also able to convey this knowledge to people and authorities in a way that makes it accessible and useful. To build on the great effort of John Walsh, this side event aims to elucidate impacts and consequences of Arctic climate change, with examples from the European Arctic, Svalbard, and Northern Norway.

We ask: What does climate change look like? How does climate change affect people and societies in the Arctic? How does it impact businesses and industry? What are the risks and uncertainties? What are the economic consequences? Does research meet the needs of communities? How to best prepare for future changes? Is communication and cooperation between climate researchers and those implementing new research-based knowledge good enough?

These, and other related questions will be discussed from the following perspectives: A local management perspective – from Longyearbyen, Svalbard; A researcher perspective: changes of the Arctic tundra: populations and ecosystems; Indigenous people perspective- president of the Sami parliament; and Mohn Prize winner John Walsh.


  • Moderator: Camilla Brekke Pro-Rector, Research and Development, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Michael Mann EU Ambassador to the Arctic 
  • Arild Olsen Mayor of Longyearbyen
  • Rolf Anker Ims Professor, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Silje Karine Muotka President, Sami Parliament
  • John Walsh Professor, IARC, University of Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Please note: in order to attend this part of the program, you need a registration pass to the Arctic Frontiers conference. Alternatively, you can register to this side event here (cost 500 NOK).

Here you'll find more information about the Arctic Frontiers conference 2022.

Når: 09.05.22 kl 17.45–19.00
Hvor: Arbeidskontoret 1, The Edge, Tromsø
Sted: Tromsø
Målgruppe: Ansatte, Studenter, Gjester / eksterne, Inviterte
Kontakt: Unn Sørum
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