The European Commission cordially invites you to attend the Copernicus Polar Workshop taking place online on 19 and 20 September 2022.
The Polar Regions are at the forefront of climate change – one of the most pressing challenges of our time. The Arctic has warmed three times faster that global average during the last 50 years; such warming has profound impacts on the Arctic cryosphere, leading to reduced sea ice and snow cover and enhanced mass losses. Simultaneously, the growing mass losses from the Antarctic and Greenland Ice sheets significant contribute to the rise in global sea level.
In addition, thawing of the permafrost contributes not only to significant disruption to infrastructure, but also to the heatwaves and forest fires that have affected both Siberia and Canada in recent years, while land changes foster increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reductions of the carbon sink capacity of the arctic region.
The issues the Polar Regions are facing might seem distant, but they are not isolated. Sea level rise demonstrate that “what happens in the Polar Regions, does not stay in the Polar Regions”: another example is the changes in the chemical composition of the stratosphere, leading to reduced UV shielding potential of the ozone layer globally.
By taking action now, we have the opportunity to minimize the long-term effects of climate change and support adaptation efforts in the region, and for this reason, the EU launched its new Arctic Policy in October 2021.
Monitoring plays a major role in efforts in reaching objectives of the Artic Policy. The six Copernicus services all offer relevant products and services for the Polar Regions. Planned enhanced EO capabilities will also improve our understanding of impact of climate change on the Arctic and Southern Oceans, Antarctica, Greenland and the Nordic Countries. With the Copernicus Expansion Missions, more products relevant for the Polar Regions will be developed in the coming years, allowing for:
- Better monitoring of floating sea ice parameters, in particular sea ice concentration, and serving operational systems, with sub-daily data for the Arctic:
- Enhanced measurements of land ice elevation and sea ice thickness implementing higher spatial resolution for improved lead detection and additional capability to determine snow loads on sea ice.
This workshop will present how Copernicus supports EU’s policy actions by contributing to the monitoring of the Polar Regions. The workshop aims to address Polar resilience, the changing Arctic economy and not least the changing climate at both poles, and how Copernicus can support monitoring these key aspects and facilitate interactions and discussions between different stakeholders.
The workshop "Copernicus Polar" is organised by the European Commission.
Disclaimer: We kindly inform the participants that this event conference may be filmed, and the images of part or the whole event may be webcast and/or recorded. Participating in this public event involves the acceptance of being filmed”