Juday made his remarks at a workshop here sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences' Polar Research Board on climate and ecosystem changes at both poles.
"What we really want to do in this workshop is think about the future," said John Priscu of Montana State University, an expert on the biology of cold climates who is co-chairing the workshop.
That includes the potential for abrupt climate change and the factors amplifying warming in the Arctic, which is warming twice as fast as the global average. The goal of the workshop is to identify gaps in scientists' knowledge, emerging questions in polar science and strategies for future research, Priscu said.
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