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Ice, Climate, and Economics - Arctic Research on Change

Ice, Climate, and Economics - Arctic Research on Change

Objective

The ICE-ARC project aims to understand and quantify the multiple stresses involved in the change in the Arctic marine environment. Particular focus is on the rapid retreat and collapse of the Arctic sea ice cover and to assess the climatic (ice, ocean, atmosphere and ecosystem), economic and social impacts of these stresses on regional and global scales.

It is not possible to look at one aspect of this system in isolation; a coupled atmosphere/cryosphere/ocean/ecosystem approach is needed. Our observations will focus on reducing the uncertainty in understanding of Arctic physical processes which are vital in climate and ecosystem change and which may not be adequately represented in present models. Results of the observational programme will be fed into an ice-ocean-atmosphere model which, after validation, will make projections - with reduced uncertainties - of the rate and nature of future changes in the ice cover, ocean structure and atmospheric temperature and circulation. In parallel with this an ecosystems model will perform the same role for marine living resources. The resulting projections of the two models will be fed into an economic impact model (PAGE-ICE) that is specially reconfigured for cryosphere-driven impacts. This will calculate the impacts of the projected physical changes upon the global economic and social system, including those of the Arctic region itself.

This will be the first time that a leading global impact model has been coupled with a physical climate model to directly assess the economic impact of observed and projected climate change events. It is being applied to the oceanic region of greatest current concern to the global community because of the speed of visible change there. The outputs of the entire project, will undoubtedly lead to more effective policy and management options for societal responses to climate change, and because of this we have an extensive dissemination and engagement programme within ICE-ARC.
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Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

Address

Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Sn2 1eu Swindon Wiltshire

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 703 232,22

Participants (26)

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Bruncin

Croatia

SINTEF FISKERI OG HAVBRUK AS

Norway

ERASMUS UNIVERSITEIT ROTTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 308 613,39

ECORYS NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 63 252

GRONLANDS NATURINSTITUT

Greenland

EU Contribution

€ 315 393

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 281 720

DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 626 112

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 395 108

O.A.SYS - OCEAN ATMOSPHERE SYSTEMS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 110 372,25

SINTEF OCEAN AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 296 465

NORSK POLARINSTITUTT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 323 037

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6

France

EU Contribution

€ 405 720

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 450 950,24

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 240 000

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 720 954,25

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 335 136

METEOROLOGISK INSTITUTT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 131 250

CAMBRIDGE POLAR CONSULTANTS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 373 840

ICE OCEAN

France

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 339 562

MERCATOR OCEAN

France

EU Contribution

€ 146 350

SCIENTIFIC AGENCY MARINE ARCTIC EXPLORATION SA MAE

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 138 250

Polar Scientific Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 265 042,80

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 7 500

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 774 515,85

BRUNCIN D.O.O. ZA USLUGE

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 122 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 603887

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2014

  • End date

    31 December 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 531 469,50

  • EU contribution

    € 8 874 626

Coordinated by:

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

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