UArctic Natural Hazards Workshop at Northern (Arctic) Federal University, March 17 - 22
Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) of Arkangelsk, Russia and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) have partnered to hold a Natural Hazards Workshop at NArFU. Some 40 scientists and students from Russia, USA, Finland, and Canada will participate in order to begin development of an online course for UArctic in natural hazards. Construction of the course is expected to take about a year.
Unique features of this effort are: (1) leading roles for students in design and implementation of the course; (2) inclusion of multi-national and multi-disciplinary knowledge and perspectives on most common natural hazards, as well as their social and policy implications; and (3) an emphasis on problems that are unique to or exacerbated by Arctic conditions. The latter include presence of ice, limited transportation infrastructure, great length of supply lines, and the time pressure for response that extreme cold imposes.
The workshop is the first major activity of the newly formed Natural Hazards Thematic Network of UArctic.