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The 15th Russian-Norwegian Symposium in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway in 2011

The long term climate changes imply increased temperatures, less ice and a warmer ocean in the Barents Sea area. However, a special challenge in analyzing the Barents Sea ecosystem is that the short-term trend (since 2006) shows decreasing temperatures and increasing sea ice cover.

The Russian-Norwegian Symposium 2011 (“Climate change and effects on the Barents Sea marine living resources”) aims to address questions related to these long and short term variations, and ask what these physical changes really are, and how they may protrude into the future. Furthermore, the question is raised as to how these assumed climate driven physical changes may change the ecosystems, and what implications and future challenges this represents for the management of the resources in the area

The symposium includes three theme sessions:

  • What are the changes?
  • What effects can be expected on the ecosystem?
  • Management implications and challenges.


The scientific sessions of the Symposium will be arranged during 7 and 8 September 2011, and the venue will be UNIS (The University Centre in Svalbard) in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. The preliminary Symposium program include 6 keynote talks, 37 oral presentations and 16 posters. The Symposium Committee, based in IMR, PINRO and UNIS, welcomes attendance from scientists, managers, politicians and other stakeholders dealing with issues relevant to the symposium topics. Please contact the secretary of the Symposium program committee, Vera Helene Lund, for registration.



Where and when?

Venue: The University Centre in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Time: 6-9 September 2011