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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-2017-1-two-stage
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Coordinator

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 534 470,09

Participants (14)

POLARFORSKNINGSSEKRETARIETET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 1 005 463
Address
C/o Lulea Tekniska Universitet
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Research Organisations
NORSK POLARINSTITUTT
Norway
EU contribution
€ 482 098
Address
Hjalmar Johannesens 14
9296 Tromsoe
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE LAVAL
Canada
EU contribution
€ 483 631
Address
Allee Des Bibliotheques 2345
G1V 0A6 Quebec
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
University of Alaska
United States
EU contribution
€ 786 500,50
Address
North Koyukuk Drive 902
99775 Fairbanks
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORDURSLODAGATTIN EHF

Participation ended

Iceland
EU contribution
€ 122 506,75
Address
Kristnibraut 87
113 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 172 500
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 366 464,85
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
WORLD OCEAN COUNCIL EUROPE
France
EU contribution
€ 361 250
Address
14 Rue Oudinot
75007 Paris
Activity type
Other
INSTYTUT OCEANOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 110 625
Address
Ul. Powstancow Warszawy 55
81 712 Sopot
Activity type
Other
ILMATIETEEN LAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 227 250
Address
Erik Palmenin Aukio 1
00560 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 85 625
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 60 275
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 159 291,25
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ARCTIA OFFSHORE LTD
Finland
EU contribution
€ 38 613,31
Address
Laivastokatu 9
00160 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)