NOC scientist gives evidence to House of Lords Arctic Committee on 15 July 2014

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A leading scientist at the National Oceanography Centre, Dr Sheldon Bacon, gave evidence at a special House of Lords inquiry looking into changes in the Arctic.

The House of Lords Select Committee, appointed last month, took evidence from senior academics specialising in climate change and sea ice.

Dr Bacon, Associate Head of Marine Physics and Ocean Climate at NOC, appeared on the first witness panel looking at the Arctic, climate and impacts, along with Dr Ed Hawkins (University of Reading) and Professor Chris Rapley (University College London).  The following session, which was looking at sea ice, saw Professor Andy Shepherd (University of Leeds & CPOM), Professor Daniel Feltham (University of Reading & CPOM) and Peter Wadhams (University of Cambridge).

The House of Lords Arctic Committee is examining issues including energy resources, mineral extraction, the environment, international relations, security, tourism and fisheries.

The Committee’s findings will be published next March.

Follow the latest news from the inquiry @LordsArcticCom

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