Bringing the Ocean to Society
27 Jan 2017
Arctic Observations get a huge boost with newly funded EU project
EurOcean joined representatives in Bergen, Norway from 47 different organisations that have come together to improve how we observe the Arctic.

The environment in Arctic region is now changing significantly due to increased temperature, thinning and decrease of the sea ice, melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet, thawing permafrost and changes in atmosphere and ocean circulation. Better and more comprehensive observations are required to improve understanding of these processes and help us manage and adapt to them.

INTAROS, a five year project funded by H2020 and led by the NANSEN Centre, Norway, will develop an integrated Arctic Observation System by extending, improving and unifying existing and evolving systems in the different parts of the Arctic. The project will capitalize on existing observing systems and databases of atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and terrestrial data as the backbone of the INTAROS Integrated Arctic Observation System. The project will combine existing distributed data repositories with the new observations, gathered by a combination of both traditional and citizen science approaches, and provide tools for data discovery, aggregation, analysis and visualization. A seemless information platform will facilitate easy access for users and stakeholders for a better understanding of the environmental changes in the Arctic.

EurOcean is a beneficiary of this project and will co-lead the Dissemination and Outreach workpackage. Executive-Director Ned Dwyer and EurOcean Project lead Sandra Sá attended and presented at the kick-off meeting held in early January in Bergen, Norway.