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Arctic Matters Day Held at NAS Building
The Polar Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held its “Arctic Matters Day” on Thursday, January 14, 2016 in the NAS Building at 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC.  The event was part of a larger initiative to raise awareness about rapid change in the Arctic and how it affects us all, including our coastlines, weather, ecosystems, and more.  The agenda featured lively “TED-like” talks from top experts who study Arctic change, artistic displays, and interactive exhibits. Please take a look at our free Arctic Matters educator resources, including a booklet, classroom poster, and interactive web tool on the Arctic Matters website

24th Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association: June 28-July 1, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico
The 24th AMQUA Biennial Meeting addressed the theme "Retooling the Quaternary to Manage the Anthropocene," and kicked off on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 with three field trips addressing ongoing research in the area.

Over two and a half days, 25 invited plenary speakers addressed different aspects of the "Retooling" challenges. The remaining presentations were contributed posters, which were featured in one-minute lightning talks (1-2 slides) during the technical program and remain up for the entirety of the meeting. For more information, please visit

USNC/INQUA Committee Member Publishes Research in Nature Climate Change Journal
A USNC/INQUA member since 2012, Professor Feng Sheng Hu of the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign has published an article in the journal Nature Climate Change. Professor Hu, along with five other scientists, closely examined the Yukon Flats region of Alaska. Their study concludes that the recent fires plaguing the Yukon Flats and other boreal forests around the world are sending an unprecedented amount of carbon into the atmosphere. Mass amounts of carbon in the atmosphere accelerate warming temperatures, which in turn lead to an increase in forest fires. 

Dr. Hu's research has been cited in a recent article for The Washington Post, as well as a University of Illinois press release. To read the full study, click here.

23rd Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association
The 23rd Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA 2014) was held August 7-10, 2014 in Seattle, WA. The meeting focused on the Quaternary geological and environmental processes that shaped the Pacific Northwest region, the animals that lived in it, and the late intrusion by humans. The meeting was hosted by the Quaternary Research Center, College of the Environment at the University of Washington. For more details, please consult the AMQUA 2014 website.

USNC/INQUA Mentoring Session for Students and Early Career Scientists: A mentoring event for early career scientists at the AMQUA meeting was held in Seattle on August 9, 2014. AMQUA generously provided the space and the lunch. This event, led by Rolfe Mandel (USNC/INQUA Chair), provided an opportunity for mentors to discuss their various career paths in different Quaternary disciplines and answer questions from early career scientists.

U.S. National Academy of Sciences, U.K. Royal Society Release Joint Publication on Climate Change

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, the national science academy of the U.K., released a joint publication that explains the clear evidence that humans are causing the climate to change, and that addresses a variety of other key questions commonly asked about climate change science. For more details and a link to the full report, please consult the Climate Change: Evidence and Causes press release




Activities and Events
Resource Links
INQUA International Webpage

February 15, 2014 AAAS Session: “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes”

December 12, 2013 AGU Session (PDF): “Science Diplomacy in the Geosciences”

February 15, 2013 AAAS Session: “U.S. Climate and Weather Extremes: Past, Present, and Future"

December 7, 2012 AGU Town Hall (PDF): “International Geoscience”

February 19, 2012 AAAS Session: “Causes and Effects of Relative Sea-Level Changes in the Northeast Pacific"

February 17, 2012 AAAS Session: “Toward Stabilization of Net Global Carbon Dioxide Levels"

February 20, 2011 AAAS Session: “The Practice of Science Diplomacy in the Earth Sciences”

February 19, 2010 AAAS Session: "Dust in the Earth System"

December 17, 2009 AGU Poster Sessions: “Extreme Natural Hazards: Risk Assessment, Forecasting, and Decision Support”

February 16, 2009 AAAS Session: "Global Sea Level Rise: Observation, Causes, and Prediction"

September 25, 2008 BISO Symposium (PDF): “Global Connections among Earth Sciences, Health, and Policy"

February 15, 2008 AAAS Session (PDF): "Planet Earth: Lessons Ignored, Lessons Learned”

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number ICER-1312037. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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