Arctic Research Programme
The Arctic region is experiencing a rapid increase in temperature, with rapidly reduced summer sea ice and melting permafrost. Understanding current Arctic change is important so that policymakers are well informed of its significance and Arctic communities are prepared to mitigate and adapt to its impacts.
The aim of this programme is to understand the impacts that increased temperature will have on the Arctic and the on rest of the planet.
This research programme will enhancing the ability to:
- forecast both regional and global weather and climate, over a wide range of timescales.
- model patterns of carbon (CO2 and CH4) release from terrestrial and marine shelf permafrost.
- forecast hazardous events, and develop mitigation strategies for these.
- plan for exploitation of resources such as minerals, methane hydrates and fisheries.
- facilitate transport management and security issues related to polar sea-routes.
Who will benefit?
The programme will deliver improved engagement and dialogue with:
- politicians and policy advisors to facilitate evidence-based policymaking on Arctic issues.
- business communities linked to the Arctic to provide scientific research and evidence that has economic benefits for the UK.
- the public (including schools) to increase awareness of the value, importance and relevance of Arctic research to well-being of the UK society and its economy.
Government - Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Department for Energy and Climate Change, Ministry of Defence, Department for Transport (especially Maritime and Coastguard Agency), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Scottish Government.
Operational agencies - Met Office, CEFAS
Arctic Organisations – Arctic Council, IASC, EPPR
Non-governmental organisations – WWF, Greenpeace, IUCN
Industry - oil/gas companies, shipping, tourism and fishing industries.
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