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Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium: A strategy for meeting the needs for marine-based research in the Arctic

Objective

The recent changes of the Arctic and the increased economic activity in the region have triggered a demand for accurate sea-ice and weather predictions, for information on the status of the Arctic Ocean, and for complex predictions of future scenarios. To address these issues of particular environmental and societal concern and to develop policy recommendations for a sustainable usage of the Arctic Ocean and its resources, the Arctic science community needs world-class research icebreakers (RIs) to access the ice-covered Arctic Ocean. The current shortage of availability of RIs and a not optimally coordinated polar research fleet impedes Europe’s capacity to investigate this region. There is thus an urgent need for providing European researchers with better RI capacities for the Arctic. ARICE aims at reaching this goal with the existing polar fleet by:
1) Networking
ARICE will develop strategies to ensure the optimal use of the existing polar research vessels at a European and international level, working towards an International Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium which will share and jointly fund operational ship time on the available RIs.
2) Trans-national access (TNA)
ARICE will provide TNA to six key European and international RIs for European scientists, based on scientific excellence of submitted proposals:
- PRV Polarstern, Germany
- IB Oden, Sweden
- RV Kronprins Haakon, Norway (under construction, to be operative in 2017)
- RRS Sir David Attenborough, United Kingdom (under construction, to be operative in 2018)
- CCGS Amundsen, Canada
- RV Sikuliaq, United States of America
3) Joint research activities
ARICE will improve the RIs’ services by partnering with maritime industry on a “ships and platforms of opportunity” programme and by exploring into new technologies that will lead to an improvement of ship-based and autonomous measurements in the Arctic Ocean. ARICE will implement virtual and remote access of data via an innovative 3D Virtual Icebreaker.

Call for proposal

H2020-INFRAIA-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-INFRAIA-2017-1-two-stage

Coordinator

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Net EU contribution
€ 1 865 411,89
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Germany

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Region
Bremen Bremen Bremerhaven, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 1,75

Participants (14)

POLARFORSKNINGSSEKRETARIETET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 1 005 463,00
Address
C/o Lulea Tekniska Universitet
971 87 Lulea

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Region
Norra Sverige Övre Norrland Norrbottens län
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
NORSK POLARINSTITUTT
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 490 275,00
Address
Hjalmar Johannesens 14
9296 Tromsoe

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Region
Norge Nord-Norge Troms og Finnmark
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITE LAVAL
Canada
Net EU contribution
€ 483 631,00
Address
Allee Des Bibliotheques 2345
G1V 0A6 Quebec

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
University of Alaska
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 434 114,89
Address
North Koyukuk Drive 902
99775 Fairbanks

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
NORDURSLODAGATTIN EHF

Participation ended

Iceland
Net EU contribution
€ 122 506,75
Address
Kristnibraut 87
113 Reykjavik
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Ísland Ísland Höfuðborgarsvæði
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 172 500,00
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 366 464,85
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
WORLD OCEAN COUNCIL EUROPE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 361 250,00
Address
14 Rue Oudinot
75007 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 0,00
INSTYTUT OCEANOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 110 625,00
Address
Ul. Powstancow Warszawy 55
81 712 Sopot

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Region
Makroregion północny Pomorskie Trójmiejski
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 0,00
ILMATIETEEN LAITOS
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 240 516,81
Address
Erik Palmenin Aukio 1
00560 Helsinki

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 85 625,00
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 60 275,00
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon

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Region
South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 159 291,25
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby

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Region
Danmark Hovedstaden Københavns omegn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
ARCTIA OFFSHORE LTD
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 38 613,31
Address
Laivastokatu 9
00160 Helsinki

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00