Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

 

AWI WortBildmarke Farbe RGBarice logoARICE - Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium

Project Duration: 2018 - 2021

The recent changes of the Arctic and the resulting increased economic activity in the region have triggered a societal demand for accuratesea-ice and weather predictions, information on the status of the Arctic Ocean and its marine life, and complex predictions of future scenarios. To address these issues and to develop policy recommendations for a sustainable usage of the Arctic Ocean and its resources, the international Arctic science community must have access to world-class research icebreakers to access the ice-covered Arctic Ocean.

Even if European Arctic research has contributed critical knowledge to identifying the processes behind these rapid changes, datasets from the Arctic Ocean are still insufficient to fully understand and more effectively predict the effects of climate change. The largest gaps in our knowledge and understanding of the Arctic system processes are outside the summer season, when the Arctic Ocean is logistically and technologically extremely difficult to reach.

Currently, the lack of available research icebreakers from Europe and beyond that can operate yearlong in the ice covered Arctic Ocean, and a weakly coordinated polar research fleet impedes Europe’s capacity to investigate the changing Arctic. There is thus an urgent need for providing polar scientists with better research icebreaker capacities for the Arctic, to address the knowledge gaps and to develop policy recommendations for a sustainable usage of the Arctic Ocean and its resources.

This need has now been taken up by the EU funded Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE).

euflagARICE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 730965.

APECS involvement in ARICE

APECS is leading Work Package 3 „Educating a new generation of polar researchers and professionals“. By creating educational material and perform training activities, we are supporting early career polar scientists and professionals in planning and conducting ship-based research in ice-covered waters. Activities include:

  • MOSAiC School 2019
  • ARICE Webinars

More events and activities are planned for 2020 / 2021 so keep watching for further announcements.

 

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