Panel II: Adapting for an Unknown Arctic Future

Friday, February 26
11:15 AM – 12:00PM
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The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet, which has broad implications for Arctic ecosystems, indigenous communities and sustainable development policy. This session will explore the impacts abrupt climate changes are having on the region, the opportunities for building adaptation capacity to preserve indigenous culture and livelihoods, as well as how Arctic states can enhance the sustainability of their development strategies by accounting for climatic risks and adaptation objectives. After introductory presentations by Dr. Paul Mayewski, Professor Amy Jaffe and RAIPONrepresentative Nina Veysalova, the audience will have the opportunities to engage with the speakers on the on challenges and opportunities for Arctic adaptation.

Speakers & Panelists

Paul A. Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine and Distinguished Professor in the Schools of Earth and Climate Sciences, Marine Sciences, Policy and International Affairs, and Business

Dr. Paul Andrew Mayewski is director and professor of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine and Distinguished Professor in the Schools of Earth and Climate Sciences, Marine Sciences, Policy and International Affairs, and the Business School, and Law School.

He is an internationally acclaimed glaciologist, climate scientist and polar explorer, leader of >60 expeditions to some of the remotest reaches of the planet including many field seasons travelling across Antarctica covering more than 25,000km, more than 100 first ascents of mountains in Antarctica, traverses over Greenland and many field seasons at high altitude throughout the Himalayas, Tibetan Plateau and the Andes. He has more than 475 scientific publications and two popular books “The Ice Chronicles” and “Journey Into Climate”. His contributions to science include discovery of: human impacts on the chemistry of the atmosphere; modern Antarctic and Himalayan ice loss; abrupt climate change; the impact of climate change on past civilizations; and the impacts of modern abrupt climate change. He has received numerous national and international honors such as: the first-ever internationally awarded Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research awarded by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (from a field of 45 countries and all disciplines), the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Medal, the Oeschger Medal from the European Geophysical Union, and the Seligman Medal from the International Glaciological Society.

He is the first person to develop and lead prominent climate research programs at the three poles: (1) the Greenland Ice Sheet Project Two (25 US institutions); (2) the International Trans Antarctic Scientific Expedition (21 countries); and (3) the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Extreme Mt. Everest Expedition); in addition to public outreach efforts with organizations such as the American Museum of Natural History and the Boston Museum of Science. He has appeared hundreds of times in media such as: New York and LA Times, NOVA, NPR, BBC, CBS 60 Minutes and the Emmy Award Winning Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously”.

Prof. Amy Myers Jaffe, Research Professor and Managing Director of the Climate Policy Lab at The Fletcher School

Amy Myers Jaffe is Research Professor and Managing Director of the Climate Policy Lab. She was formerly the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.

A leading expert on global energy policy and sustainability, Jaffe previously served as senior advisor for sustainability at the Office of the Chief Investment Officer at the University of California, Regents and as executive director for energy and sustainability at University of California, Davis where she led research on low or zero carbon fuels and transportation policy. Jaffe has taught energy policy, business, and sustainability courses at Rice University, University of California, Davis, and Yale University. Jaffe is widely published, including as co-author of Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold, with Mahmoud El-Gamal.

Her forthcoming book Energy’s Digital Future: Harnessing Innovation for American Resilience and National Security will be published by Columbia University Press in 2021. She is chair of the steering committee of the Women in Energy Initiative at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy policy.

A frequent media commentator, Jaffe is president of the U.S. Association of Energy Economics and holds a Senior Fellow award from that organization for her career contributions to the field of energy economics. 

Jaffe is a member of the Global Future Council on Net Zero Transition at the World Economic Forum (Davos).

Nina Veysalova (Russian Speaker), First Vice President for the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North

Nina Veysalova is the First Vice-President of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East (RAIPON). She has also served as an advisor to the Rector of Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia since 2018. An Evenki from Siberia, she was born into a reindeer herding family. She is a defender of the rights of indigenous peoples. In 1996, she graduated from Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia in St. Petersburg (Department of the Peoples of the North) specializing in Philology and gained the qualification of a teacher of Russian and Even language and literature. She was previously a teacher of Even and Russian language and literature at Yerbogachen secondary school (1996-2006); a head specialist on issues of indigenous minorities of the North of the Katangsky District, deputy head of the Erbogachensky municipality (2006-2010); an adviser to the Governor of the Irkutsk Region on the affairs of the indigenous peoples of the North (2010-2015); and Chief of Staff of RAIPON (2015-2018).