Bringing the Ocean to Society
14 Jan 2020
INTAROS discusses the Arctic in Poland
The consortium of the H2020 project gathered in the facilities of EurOcean Member's IOPAN.

The annual General Assembly and Steering Committee meetings of INTAROS took place from the 8th to the 10th January 2020 in Sopot, Poland. The event was organised by EurOcean Member IOPAN. The 40+ partners consortium dedicated the three days to discuss the latest achievements and the future activities of this leading H2020 project about the Arctic research.

The Arctic is undergoing the most rapid changes in the climate system worldwide. Such changes have global and regional implications including extreme weather, sea level change, coastal erosion, natural hazards and changes in the ecosystem. Moreover, these changes impact severely on people´s living conditions in the Arctic. In 2019, the Arctic received plenty of attention after the release of the IPCC “Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate”. In order to ensure sustainable development in the Arctic it is necessary to collect more data and build up knowledge on its climate and environment.

INTAROS started in 2016 and during six years will contribute to the development of an integrated Arctic Observation System (iAOS) by extending, improving and unifying existing systems in the different regions of the Arctic. INTAROS will support the implementation of the EU´s Arctic Policy. The project has a strong multidisciplinary focus, with tools for integration of data from atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and terrestrial sciences, provided by institutions in Europe, North America and Asia. The iAOS will enable better-informed decisions and better-documented processes within key sectors (e.g. local communities, shipping, tourism, fisheries), in order to strengthen the societal and economic role of the Arctic region and support the EU strategy for the Arctic and related maritime and environmental policies.

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