Global impacts of Arctic climate processes



The polar regions are experiencing major climate and environmental changes due to the combined effects of natural variability and global warming. To address regional Arctic climate processes and their global feedbacks, 53 experts from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Russia gathered for a recent workshop at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, in Potsdam, Germany.

The workshop, which was organized by Klaus Dethloff and Annette Rinke, focused on the use of regional models of the Arctic, global coupled climate models, and Arctic impact studies. This article summarizes the main advances and outstanding issues in Arctic modeling that were presented and discussed during the workshop.