The European Commission is providing almost EUR 31 million for three new Arctic Blue Growth research projects.
The projects involve 85 organisations from a total of 22 countries with a high number of international partners including the US, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea. The main goal is to better understand the Arctic area and how it is influencing climate change. Optimising observation systems, designing tools to collect and integrate relevant data, and developing innovative approaches to predict weather and climate extremes are some of the objectives.
The INTAROS project will develop an integrated Arctic Observation System (iAOS) by extending, improving and unifying existing systems in the different regions of the Arctic. The iAOS will enable better-informed decisions and better-documented processes within key sectors e.g. local communities, shipping, tourism, fishing, in order to strengthen the societal and economic role of the Arctic region and support the EU strategy for the Arctic and related maritime and environmental policies. INTAROS should develop cooperation with the AtlantOS project.
The APPLICATE and Blue-Action projects will address the increasing need for reliable weather and climate predictions, in the Arctic and the effect on European climate. Both project will enhance the predictive capacity of the current models and identify gaps in the current monitoring systems: while APPLICATE focusses on assessment of climate processes and the relevance of high resolution modelling; Blue-Action will develop innovative statistical and dynamical approaches to predict weather and climate extremes and a few prototypes of climate services in collaboration with local community and stakeholders.
|APPLICATE: Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: Modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with ArctiC ClimATE change||EUR 7.99 million||Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany|
|Blue-Action: Arctic Impact on Weather and Climate||EUR 7.5 million||Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut, Denmark|
|INTAROS: Integrated Arctic observation system||EUR 15.49 million||Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Norway|
The three projects contribute to the implementation of the Trans-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance and to the EU's Blue Growth Agenda and its long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole.