Arctic SMARTIC Game Night

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Join us at the Koshland Science Museum as we explore one of the most rapidly changing places on Earth, the Arctic. As climate change drives rising temperatures, sea ice is decreasing and the Arctic Ocean is opening up, creating new challenges and opportunities for stakeholders in the region.  The Strategic Management of Resources in Times of Change (SMARTIC) activity is an interactive simulation where players take on the role of key Arctic stakeholders, setting resource conservation and development priorities based on changing conditions.  Come and practice your negotiation skills as you try to resolve conflicts, manage competing interests, and respond to crises in the Arctic Ocean region! 

Meet the SMARTIC Team:

Stephanie L. Pfirman is Professor of Environmental Science at Barnard College. Additionally, she holds a joint appointment with Columbia University where she is a member of the faculties of the Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Adjunct Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.  Dr. Pfirman’s research focuses on the Arctic environment, in particular on the nature and dynamics of Arctic sea ice under changing climate.  Her previous research activities have included melting and surging glaciers and pollution transported by sea ice. Prior to joining Barnard, Professor Pfirman was a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and co-developer of the award-winning exhibition, “Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast,” produced jointly with the American Museum of Natural History.  She has worked for the House of Representatives, as a staff scientist, for the US Geological Survey, as an oceanographer, and for the GeoMarine Research Institution in Kiel, Germany, as an Arctic researcher. Dr. Pfirman received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution joint program in oceanography and oceanographic engineering.

Jessica Brunacini, Project Manager, PoLAR Partnership

Margie Turrin, Education Coordinator, Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Admission is $7 ($5 for students) and includes complimentary refreshments.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

SMARTIC is a project of the PoLAR Partnership. The PoLAR Partnership is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE-1239783).


Marian Koshland Science Museum
525 E Street NW
Washington DC 20001

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