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Ice, Climate, and Economics - Arctic Research on Change (ICE-ARC)

Start date
1 January, 2014
End date
31 December, 2017

This four-year EU FP7 programme of research brings together physicists, chemists, biologists, economists, and sociologists from 21 institutes in 11 countries across Europe. With a budget of €11.5M the team aims to understand and quantify the multiple stresses involved in the change in the Arctic marine environment. ICE-ARC is coordinated and managed by BAS.

Particular focus is on the rapid retreat and collapse of Arctic sea-ice cover. The most spectacular retreat is occurring in summer, and the complete loss of summer sea ice may occur in a very short period of time – years to decades.

There is also a significant reduction in sea ice extent in all seasons, which, if continued, will result seasonal ice cover and a widening annual window of the ice-free season.

The outcome of the project will be a better understanding of, and ability to predict, Arctic marine change. This will provide an improvement in the scientific baseline for guiding EU and international policies on the protection of the Arctic marine environment, at a time of increased socio-economic pressure, especially in the field of resource exploitation.

For more information, please see www.ice-arc.eu.



For more information, please see www.ice-arc.eu.



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