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

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.
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Coordinator

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

Address

Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 453 681,69

Participants (15)

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POLARFORSKNINGSSEKRETARIETET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 005 463

NORSK POLARINSTITUTT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 482 098

Universite Laval

Canada

EU Contribution

€ 483 631

University of Alaska

United States

EU Contribution

€ 447 544

NORDURSLODAGATTIN EHF

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 322 812,50

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 172 500

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 181 250

WOC - WORLD OCEAN LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 361 250

INSTYTUT OCEANOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 110 625

ILMATIETEEN LAITOS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 227 250

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 85 625

UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 60 275

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 159 291,25

ARCTIA OFFSHORE LTD

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 443 267,31

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 730965

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.4.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 049 606,41

  • EU contribution

    € 5 996 563,75

Coordinated by:

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

Germany