Human activities are altering many factors that determine the fundamental properties of ecological and social systems. Is sustainability a feasible goal in a world in which these controls are changing with a directional trend over time? This is a global problem, but Alaska is a particularly appropriate place to address this question because of rapid climate warming. This talk addresses the changes in environment and ecosystems that are occurring in Alaska and the impacts they are having on the rural communities of Alaska.

The lecture will be given by F. Stuart (Terry) Chapin, starting at 7 p.m. AKDT. It will be held in room 401 of the Akasofu Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is working in cooperation with the International Polar Year program office to take a leading role in the October Polar Week by asking member and student institutions worldwide to have at least one public lecture on some aspect of polar research during 4-9 October. This event is sponsored by APECS, IARC, and University of Alaska International Polar Year (UA IPY).

For further information, please contact:
Tohru Saito