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The symposium “The cold is getting hot” organised by the Prince Albert II Foundation at the Oceanographic Museum and the MBI (Monaco blue initiative) are two of the highlights of the exchanges on the polar worlds..

The symposium « The cold is getting hot! »

How and how fast are changes at the poles affecting the global climate and life on Earth? Why are we all concerned?

These questions are at the heart of the scientific symposium with the evocative title “The cold is getting hot!” Under the Presidency of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, these meetings are organised by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, in partnership with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), with the support of the Oceanographic Institute, and in collaboration with the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development. The symposium will be hosted on 24 and 25 February at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco.
Issues such as the melting of the Arctic ice pack in summer, the thawing of the permafrost, the melting of the ice caps in Greenland but also in Antarctica – which alone could represent a rise in sea levels of 3.3 metres – will be
at the heart of exchanges. By revisiting the essential role played by the cryosphere in the climate, this work will contribute to
and guide national and international policy decisions


is the heat record
registered in Verkhoyansk, in
In the far north of Siberia on
2020 June, 20

Monaco Blue Initiative

Launched in 2010 by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, this discussion platform, co-organised by his foundation and the Oceanographic Institute, brings together leading decision-makers, scientists, representatives of NGOs and the private sector to discuss the current and future global challenges of ocean management and conservation. The 13th edition (21 March 2022) will focus on three main themes, not only from the general perspective of the Ocean, but also from the perspective of the Arctic Ocean and the Mediterranean. These two geographically distinct areas
share the common feature of being relatively enclosed seas surrounded by land. If the Mediterranean Sea is subject to very strong anthropogenic pressures, the Arctic Ocean could also be subject to them in the long term.

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Crédit pictures: background header : Arctic Sea Ice © NASA, Icebergs, Icefjord, Greenland © Arctic Images

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