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Kursnummer: 14424

Struggle for the Arctic: Climate Change, Economy, Security What happens in the Arctic affects everyone.

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European Contexts Seminar Series

When: Monday, 26 February 2024, 9:00-12:30 CET
Where:
Presseclub Concordia, Bankgasse 8, 1010 Vienna OR via ZOOM
Mandatory Registration for in-person presence and Zoom participiation.

Zoom link willl be sent on Friday, 23 February 2024.

Registration deadline: Friday 23 February 2024, noon.

There are two ways to follow this seminar:

  1. Presseclub Concordia attendance - Registration!
  2. Zoom participation - Registration!

Program

9:00-9:10

Welcome Greetings

Dr Daniela Kraus, Presseclub Concordia; Ivan Vejvoda, Europe’s Futures (IWM) and Mirjana Tomić, Fjum/Presseclub Concordia.

9:15-10:30

Panel presentations (and introduction) followed by Q&A

Climate change, new economic opportunities, and their implication for the environment.

Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Professor of Northern Studies, Barents Chair in Politics at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø).

Russia’s plans for the Arctic and their environmental consequences

Ksenia Vakhrusheva, Russian environmental expert and activist, engineer and economist, project manager at the Bellona Foundation (Oslo).

Moderator: Mirjana Tomić

10:30-10:50 Networking Coffee

10:50-11:30

Presentation followed by Q&A

Glaciers, permafrost, snow, and sea ice; cryosphere in the climate system, consequences of glacier mass loss for sea level rise. Environmental changes in ithe Arctic and why it matters.

Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir, professor of Glaciology at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland, and one of the lead authors of Chapter 9 in the 6th assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Moderator: Mirjana Tomić

11:30-11:45: Networking coffee

11:45-12:30

Presentation followed by Q&A

Geopolitical struggle for the Arctic: old and new actors

Cristopher Robert Rossi, professor of international law and international relations at the Arctic University of Norway (University of Tromsø).

Moderator: Ivan Vejvoda


Background

Climate changes in the Arctic, where temperature rises three to seven times faster than in the rest of the world, depending on location, with subsequent melting of glaciers and permafrost, will have consequences in both Europe and on the rest of the planet.

Melting ice in the High North is opening new economic possibilities, from deep sea mining to new commercial sea routs, both with unknown environmental consequences.

The war in Ukraine and subsequent suspension of Russia from scientific projects and the most important regional organisation, the Arctic Council, initiated a new geopolitical struggle for the Arctic, with China playing a prominent role, aided by Russia, which occupies more than 50% of the Arctic.

These developments in the High North have consequences for the rest of Europe, “What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic” is often repeated by Arctic experts.


Target Groups

Austrian and international journalists, thinktank analysts, and academics.

Number of participants in Presseclub Concordia

Maximum: 70

Number on online participants

Maximum: 100

Additional Information

Mirjana Tomic
email: mirjana.tomic@fjum-wien.at
Cell: +43 676 365 26 9

Rasmus

Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen is a Professor of Northern Studies, Barents Chair in Politics at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, as well as Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies at the University of Akureyri, Iceland. (2022-2023).

His research focuses on Arctic international relations, international political economy, international security, science diplomacy, geopolitics, geoeconomics, geostrategy, space, (natural) sciences, technology, and international affairs.

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Ksenia

Ksenia Vakhrusheva

Bellona Foundation

Ksenia Vakhrusheva, Ph.D. in regional economics, is currently a project manager at the Bellona Foundation - an independent international nonprofit environmental organization that aims to meet and fight the climate challenges, by identifying and implementing sustainable environmental solutions (headquarters in Oslo, Norway). She is leading research on the environmental impact of economic development in the Russian Arctic. Regularly contributes to the Bellona’s magazine “Environment and Rights” (ecopravo.org).

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Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdottir

Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir

University of Iceland

Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir is professor of Glaciology at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland. Her work focuses on the interaction of climate and glaciers/ice sheets by monitoring and modelling the response of glaciers and ice caps to climate change in the past, present and future.

She previously worked on coupling ice sheet and climate models for the Greenland Ice Sheet at the Danish Meteorological Institute in Copenhagen, in order to improve sea level rise projections.

She studied geophysics and glaciology at University of Iceland, University of Alaska in Fairbanks and ETH in Zürich, Switzerland and has done field work in Iceland, Alaska, Switzerland, Greenland and two field seasons in Antarctica.

Guðfinna is one of the lead authors of Chapter 9 in the 6th assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR6).

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Christopher Rossi

University of Tromsø

Christopher Rossi teaches international law and international relations at the Arctic University of Norway (University of Tromsø). He has worked on the Psychology of Deterrence project at the Arms Control Association of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., on verification and public information issues for the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, and as an assistant professor of international relations and American foreign policy at American University in Washington, D.C. In 1997-1998, he served as a director on the National Security Council in the Clinton White House in the office of Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs.

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