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ICE-ARC Side Event at COP21

ICE-ARC was proud to take part in this year’s historic Paris Climate ChangeConference in December (COP21). Our programme co-hosted an Arctic Side Event with the EU-funded consortium programme EU-PolarNet and the European Polar Board. A small team represented by each of the hosts organised speakers for a 90-minute briefing session in the EU pavilion to… Read more »

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COP21 Side Event: Climate Change in the Arctic

Arctic Change – What this means for you This 90-minute European Commission Briefing Session, hosted by ICE-ARC, EU-PolarNet, and the European Polar Board, focusses on the increased prominence of Arctic issues for European politics, economics and society. The Arctic has been described as a barometer for the health of the global environment; it is a… Read more »

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Summer Buoy Deployments

By Christine Provost, Senior Marine Scientist, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) ICE-ARC scientists participated to two summer campaigns on board icebreakers to deploy autonomous instruments. One cruise was operated by the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) on the Korean icebreaker Araon in July (Nome-Barrow), the second was the Transarc II cruise operated by the Alfred Wegener Institute… Read more »

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Arctic sea ice reaches fourth lowest minimum

On September 11, the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) reported that Arctic sea ice reached its likely minimum extent for 2015. The minimum ice extent was the fourth lowest in the satellite record, and reinforces the long-term downward trend in Arctic ice extent. Sea ice extent will now begin its seasonal increase through… Read more »

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World Economic Forum Arctic change blogs

ICE-ARC members have written a four-part series of blogs for the World Economic Forum website in which they discuss how Arctic summer sea ice affects our global economy, our lifestyles and the Earth’s ecosystem. They also sketch out reasons to be hopeful. Read the series of blogs here: 5 reasons to care about Arctic ice melt… Read more »

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ICE-ARC General Assembly Bologna, Italy 2015

REGISTER NOW The second ICE-ARC General Assembly will be held in Bologna, Italy. ICE-ARC partner CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) has kindly offered to host the meeting at the CNR Congress Centre Date: 20-22nd October 2015 Venue: CNR Congress Centre Registration deadline: 14th September 2015 Abstracts: Please submit your abstracts online, this can be done after registration, until… Read more »

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Buoy deployments on Arctic sea ice

It is not common to encounter research vessels cruising through the Arctic ice pack in mid-winter. Thick and consolidated ice, polar night, and extreme weather conditions do not allow researchers to widely study the Arctic system in the winter months. This year, a great opportunity came up with R/V Lance being frozen into the Arctic… Read more »

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A major source of uncertainties in sea ice models revealed

Sea ice models compute the thickness of sea ice and the area covered with it based on physical equations, which describe the relevant natural processes. Some processes, however, cannot be fully resolved and involve the use of so-called parameterizations, which allow simulating effects of processes on scales smaller than the model grid. As an example… Read more »

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Life on the North Greenland Ice

One distinctive aspect of the research being carried out in Work Package 3 (WP3) is that we work closely with people in northern Greenland as research partners. When we began planning our work in ICE-ARC and embarked on our first fieldwork in 2014, it was essential to anchor the project in the communities that are to benefit… Read more »

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