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The Once and Future Arctic

September 21, 2021 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Date: Tuesday, September 21st, 9 am- 12 pm


As Arctic sea ice diminishes, there is increasing interest in development of shipping, fishing, tourism, and oil and gas extraction, as well as a growing realization that we need to protect ice resources and critical habitats for as long as possible. Through the interactive role playing simulation – Arctic SMARTIC: Strategic Management of Resources in Times of Change – participants engage in designing an Arctic marine management strategy for 2050. Based on resolution of a real territorial dispute between Norway and Russia, SMARTIC highlights the challenges and opportunities inherent in the rapidly changing high north. Played with thousands of participants ranging from 10th grade to law school and at the New York’s American Museum of Natural History to a cruise ship, SMARTIC shows how to be – in the words of one player – “better-equipped in the coming years to effectively work out solutions that can benefit all stakeholders.”

Stephanie Pfirman is Foundation Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University and Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation. Professor Pfirman’s research focuses on understanding and responding to the changing Arctic, developing innovative approaches to formal and informal education, and exploring the intersection between diversity and interdisciplinarity. Her PhD in Marine Geology and Geophysics is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering.

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September 21, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Highlands Center for Natural History
1375 S. Walker Road
Prescott , AZ 86303 United States
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