CAPARDUS: Capacity-building in Arctic standardization development

CAPARDUS is a Coordination and Support Action with the goal to explore ongoing processes of developing standards in selected topics of importance in the Arctic.


•Establish a comprehensive framework for development, understanding and implementation of Arctic standards
•Identify and document common practices as basis for development of  standardization, building on the Ocean Best Practice System
•Bring stakeholders, including researchers and service providers, Indigenous and local communities, commercial operators and governance bodies, together to build an Arctic Best Practice System

Project Summary

The project will develop a Comprehensive Framework Model for development of standards, guidelines and practices related to observing systems and data sharing in the Arctic. Furthermore, the project aims to design an Arctic Practice System (APS), which will be a repository of documents (or other communication media) that is searchable on titles, keywords and content. The ACPS will be a tool for co-production of knowledge between scientists, local communities and other stakeholder groups involved in the case studies of the project.

Project activities are focused on natural resource management, safety, community planning and decision making and tourism. The project will be based on regional case studies primarily in Greenland, Svalbard, Alaska and Yakutia in Russia. Local community members will be involved in the case studies after signing an informed consent agreement. Other data related topics of importance for Arctic communities will be addressed when relevant in the cases studies.

The project is divided into the following work packages:

WP1: Establishing a Comprehensive Framework for Arctic Standards

WP2: Case studies in Greenland

WP3: Case studies in Svalbard

WP4: Case studies in Russia

WP5: Case studies in USA

WP6: Arctic Common Practice System

WP7: Synthesis, requirements and recommendation

WP8: Communication and outreach

WP9: Coordination and management

Project Details
Funding Agency: 
European Commission
NERSC Principal Investigator: 
Stein Sandven
Project Deputy Leader at NERSC: 
Hanne Sagen
Coordinating Institute: 
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
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