Communication of Findings

Release of the Arctic Council Arctic Climate Impact Assessment

The results of the Arctic Council Oil and Gas Assessment were released at the ACIA International Scientific Symposium on Climate Change in the Arctic (Reykjavik, Iceland, 9-12 November 2004)

The ACIA International Scientific Symposium on Climate Change in the Arctic formed an important part of the process by which ACIA results and conclusions were communicated to Arctic stakeholders and to politicians. A summary report from the discussions and presentations at the symposium was delivered to Ministers at the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting the week following the symposium. The symposium, arranged by AMAP, addressed a variety of issues connected to climate change in the circumpolar Arctic and its environmental and societal consequences, including:

  • the Arctic climate system and its role in the global climate system;
  • past, present and future changes in physical and biological systems;
  • impacts of a changing climate on human activities, such as health care, fisheries agriculture, forestry, infrastructure, hunting and gathering;
  • impacts on wildlife and other conservation issues;
  • possible feedbacks on the global climate system.

The ACIA scientific results and their background, including indigenous peoples’ perspectives and observations, were presented and discussed at the Symposium in an integrated circumpolar context. The assessment was also discussed within the context of global, regional and sub-regional environmental management and policy development. The ACIA scientific assessment report constituted the main symposium document. The symposium included presentations of significant national, bilateral and multilateral activities that contributed to ACIA, and also presentations of topics of relevance to climate change in the Arctic that were not directly dealt with by ACIA. Identification of knowledge gaps and priorities for new research and monitoring was an important issue at the symposium.

ACIA reflected the extent to which climate variability and change, and notable increases in UV radiation, have become important issues in the Arctic region over the past few decades. It contributed to the recognition of these issues in international scientific and political efforts, intergovernmental assessments, and international treaties, protocols and conventions.

The results of scientific research and indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge have increasingly documented climatic changes in the Arctic. Models employed in the ACIA assessment indicated that these changes would be more pronounced in the Arctic region than in other regions of the world and would be critical to our understanding of global-scale climatic processes.


ACIA Press Information

Click here to download the ACIA International press release issued 8 November 2004

Click here to download the Norwegian ACIA press kit (press release and fact sheets)

Click here to download the US ACIA press kit (press release and fact sheets)

Click here to download the Indigenous Peoples ACIA media package (press release)

With the exception of the ACIA International Press Release, the content of these press materials is the responsibility of the organizations that produced them, and they are not endorsed as official ACIA products.

ACIA Symposium Documents

Click here to download the ACIA International Scientific Symposium on Climate Change in the Arctic. Extended Abstracts of Oral and Poster Presentations

Click here for the Symposium Timetable

Click here to download the Symposium Participants List