Donal Forbes has been awarded the 2014 Martin Bergmann Medal for Excellence in Arctic Leadership and Science. Donald Forbes’ interests range from marine geology and coastal morphodynamics to climate change, sea-level rise, coastal hazards, and adaptation strategies for building resilience and reducing community vulnerability. Over the past decade, he has played lead roles in projects on coastal impacts of climate change in the Canadian Arctic and Atlantic Provinces. He has contributed as a Lead Author on Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and acted as lead editor for the publication State of the Arctic Coast 2010 which was supported by IASC, the Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) Project, the International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP).
Established by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2012, the medal recognizes achievement for “excellence in Arctic leadership and science”. It celebrates “Marty” Bergmann, a public servant with an outstanding talent for networking that led him to connect scientists with resources and technology, to inspire business leaders, explorers and innovators towards new goals and to consider and attempt to meet the challenges inherent in opening up the Arctic, whether these were related to logistics, safety, resources, people, knowledge or will.
More information on the Martin Bergmann Medal: www.rcgs.org/awards/bergmann_medal/default.asp
More information on State oft he ARctic Coast 2010: www.arcticcoasts.org/