by Ashton Goodell
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Marine scientists from across the globe are focusing on Alaska to understand climate change.
At the Marine Science Symposium being held in Anchorage Wednesday, hundreds of scientists discussed issues of rapid warming in the Arctic.
New reports show sea ice is melting faster than models first projected.
Scientists say interest in environmental and marine issues has grown in recent years due to fears of global warming, but they say this conference is meant to sort through the speculation and find the science.
"We need to ground our decision making whether it's for management, whether it's for future research initiatives, we need to ground it in scientific fact. I think what you are seeing in this room right here is people coming together that are funded by all different types of organizations and industry and everything else and they are presenting their science and that's what has to be the foundation for sustainable use of resources in the future," said Clarence Pautzke with the North Pacific Research Board.