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Monitoring and Assessing Regional Climate change in High latitudes and the Arctic

Objective

By adopting an Earth system approach the ultimate goal of MONARCH-A is to generate a dedicated information package tailored to a subset of multidisciplinary Essential Climate Variables and their mutual forcing and feedback mechanisms associated with changes in terrestrial carbon and water fluxes, sea level and ocean circulation and the marine carbon cycle in the high latitude and Arctic regions. The dedicated information package will be based on the generation of time series of 11 multidisciplinary ECVs including land cover, permafrost, river discharge, snow cover, ice sheet elevation, sea ice drift and volume, sea level, ocean currents and transport of heat and freshwater, ocean color, near surface wind field and CO2 partial pressure. Land cover and fire will use existing sources of data, with particular focus on consistencies between data sources and conversion to forms in which these ECVs can be ingested into the models. Sea ice extent and concentration, sea ice thickness, sea surface temperature, and sea level bounded by +/- 65 degrees latitude will be pulled from existing archives and data bases to complement these ECVs. Through reanalyses adequate and consistent description of the status and evolution of the high latitude and Arctic region will be provided in the context of terrestrial carbon and water fluxes, sea level and ocean circulation and marine carbon cycle. It will focus on changes during the last 30 - 50 years. This will ensure new scientific input for the elaboration and implementation of European and international policies and strategies on the environment and society, including climate adaptation strategies addressing European, national, regional and local levels.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/soil science/land-based treatment
  • /social sciences/media and communications/library science/archives

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

STIFTELSEN NANSEN SENTER FOR MILJOOG FJERNMALING
Address
Thormohlensgate 47
5006 Bergen
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 625 675,60
Administrative Contact
Stein Sandven (Prof.)

Participants (7)

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 381 618,80
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joanne Watson (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 404 776
Address
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Volker Krause (Mr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 390 168
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Armelle Barelli (Ms.)
Scientific foundation Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre
Russia
EU contribution
€ 175 780,80
Address
14Th Line Street 7A
199034 St. Petersburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Leonid Petrovich Bobylev (Dr.)
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 443 714,80
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Inger Gjesdahl (Ms.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 402 750
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Birte E Hede (Ms.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 60 000
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ronan Caoudal (Mr.)