International cooperation boosts Arctic marine research

An international research consortium established with EU funding is improving marine-based research in the Arctic Ocean. Its aim is to help fight climate change, ensure economic growth and secure Europe's future.

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Countries
  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czechia
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia


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Published: 25 February 2019  
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EnvironmentClimate & global change
Innovation
International cooperation
Research infrastructures
Research policyHorizon 2020
SMEs
Security
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Canada  |  Denmark  |  Finland  |  France  |  Germany  |  Iceland  |  Italy  |  Norway  |  Poland  |  Spain  |  Sweden  |  United Kingdom  |  United States
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International cooperation boosts Arctic marine research

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Climate change and increased economic activity in the Arctic have increased demand for accurate predictions about sea ice and weather and for better information about the region. However, there is a shortage of world-class research icebreakers accessible to European scientists and a lack of coordination of the polar research fleet.

The EU-funded ARICE project was established to ensure that European and international researchers can make optimal use of existing polar research vessels not only from Europe but from North America as well. First, it will establish an international Arctic research icebreaker consortium which will be responsible for sharing and funding scientists’ time on the available fleet of research icebreakers.

Second, it will give European scientists access to six of these vessels based on the scientific excellence of their proposals. Finally, it will work with the maritime industry and explore new technologies to ensure better ship-based and autonomous measurements of the Arctic Ocean. An innovative 3D virtual icebreaker will be created as part of the project to provide anyone with an interest in the subject with real-time data about the Arctic.

ARICE is already giving scientists access to several expeditions. One of these will be on the German RI Polarstern, which will undertake the first year-round expedition into the central Arctic to explore the region’s climate system, from October 2019 until October 2020.

The project will provide training for European early-career polar scientists and professionals, such as PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, as well as early-career technicians and engineers from research institutes and the private sector. They will be trained in the use of devices deployed in ice-covered waters.

Better and more extensive data about the region will benefit both the scientific community and the Arctic marine industry, deepening understanding of the processes behind the changes in the region. This data, which will be used for better weather- and ice-forecasting models and risk assessment studies, is crucial for safe and sustainable operations in the Arctic Ocean.

Project details

  • Project acronym: ARICE
  • Participants: Germany (Coordinator), Sweden, Norway, Canada, United States, Iceland, Spain, Italy, UK, Poland, Finland, France, Denmark
  • Project N°: 730965
  • Total costs: € 5 996 567
  • EU contribution: € 5 996 563
  • Duration: January 2018 to December 2021

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