EU invites the Nansen Center to negotiations on two prestigious Arctic projects

Two large projects proposals to the Horizon 2020 Blue Growth - Demonstrating an ocean of opportunities call, respectively coordinated by and with major participation from Nansen Center, have today been invited to negotiations with the European Commission. Prof. Stein Sandven coordinates the Integrated Arctic Observing system (INTAROS) project. Prof. Yongqi Gao is a key partner in the Blue-Action: Arctic Impact on Weather and Climate project coordinated by the Danish Meteorological Institute and Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology. The implementation of the two projects will give the Nansen Center a central role in implementation of the Arctic strategy for Europe and in the EU funded research related to the Arctic during the next five years.

Examples of monitoring data from the Arctic. Courtesy: FMI.Examples of monitoring data from the Arctic. Courtesy: FMI.INTAROS will capitalize on existing monitoring in the Arctic in order to build up an integrated and unified holistic monitoring system for the different parts of the Arctic. The project have a strong multidisciplinary focus, with tools for integration of data from atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and terrestrial sciences, provided by institutions in Europe, Russia, North America and Asia. The evolution of INTAROS into a sustainable Arctic observing system requires coordination, mobilization and cooperation between the existing European and international infrastructures (in-situ and remote including space-based), the modelling communities and relevant stakeholder groups. INTAROS will include development of community-based observing systems, where local knowledge is merged with scientific data. The INTAROS project has 48 partner institutions from 23 countries, which all have existing roles or programs in the Arctic. Other Norwegian partners includes University of Bergen, Institute of Marine Research, UNIS, NORUT, NIVA, and DNV GL AS.

Blue-Action will provide fundamental and empirically-grounded, executable science that quantifies and explains the role of a changing Arctic and in improving the predictive capability of weather and climate of the Northern Hemisphere. To achieve this Blue-Action will take a trans-disciplinary approach, bridging scientific understanding within Arctic climate, weather and risk management research, with key stakeholder knowledge of the impacts of climatic weather extremes and hazardous events; leading to the co-design of better services. Blue-Action will build on innovative statistical and dynamical approaches to predict weather and climate extremes. Blue-Action is coordinated by the Danish Meteorological Institute and co-coordinated by the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology. The Nansen Center will lead the research activities on linkages of the climate changes in the Arctic to the lower latitudes. Together with University of Bergen the Nansen Center will contribute with climate model simulations and predictions using the Norwegian community Earth System Model (NorESM) and Norwegian Climate Prediction Model (NorCPM) systems.

The objectives and goals of both INTAROS and Blue-Action are in line with the new strategy of the Nansen Center for 2016-2021. Provided successful project negotiations with European Commission these two H2020 projects together with the European Copernicus Marine Services for the Arctic lead by the Nansen Center will be a major part of the Arctic research activities at the Center during the next five years.