Ecosystem survey of the Barents Sea (BESS)
The ecosystem survey monitors the state of the Barents Sea Ecosystem to support scientific research and management advice.
View Link: http://www.imr.no/tokt/okosystemtokt_i_barentshavet/en
Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has the lead federal role in managing Canada’s fisheries and safeguarding its waters. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), a Special Operating Agency within DFO, is responsible for services and programs that contribute to the safety, security, and accessibility of Canada’s waterways.
View Link: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/index-eng.htm
ARCTICNET is a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada that brings together scientists and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies and the private sector. The objective of ArcticNet is to study the impacts of climate change and modernization in the coastal Canadian Arctic. Over 150 ArcticNet researchers and 1000 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, technicians and other specialists from 34 Canadian universities, and 20 federal and provincial agencies and departments collaborate with more than 150 partner organizations in 14 countries.
View Link: http://www.arcticnet.ulaval.ca/
The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.
View Link: http://www.arctic-council.org/index.php/en/
MAREANO, the institute for seafloor mapping
MAREANO maps depth and topography, sediment composition, contaminants, biotopes and habitats in Norwegian waters. The results of the surveys are available on this website, visualised through maps.
View Link: http://www.mareano.no/en
Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME)
PAME’s mandate is to address policy and non-emergency pollution prevention and control measures related to the protection of the Arctic marine environment from both land and sea-based activities. These include coordinated action programmes and guidelines complementing existing legal arrangements.
View Link: http://www.arctic-council.org/index.php/en/about-us/working-groups/pame
Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)
AMAP is a working group of the Arctic Council. It provides reliable information on the status of, and threats to, the Arctic environment. It also provides scientific advice on actions to be taken to support Arctic governments in their efforts to take remedial and preventive actions relating to contaminants and adverse effects of climate change.
View Link: http://www.amap.no/
Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP)
The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) is an international network of scientists, government agencies, Indigenous organizations and conservation groups working together to harmonize and integrate efforts to monitor the Arctic’s living resources.
View Link: https://www.caff.is/about-the-cbmp
North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO)
NAMMCO is an international regional body for cooperation on conservation, management and study of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and pinnipeds (seals and walruses) in the North Atlantic. The members of NAMMCO — Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Norway — are committed to sustainable and responsible use of all living marine resources, including marine mammals.
View Link: https://nammco.no/
International Council for Exploration of the Seas (ICES)
ICES advances the scientific understanding of marine ecosystems, and provides information, knowledge, and advice on the sustainable management of human activities affecting, and affected by, marine ecosystems.
View Link: http://www.ices.dk/Pages/default.aspx
Norwegian Polar Institute
The Norwegian Polar Institute is Norway’s central governmental institution for scientific research, mapping and environmental monitoring in the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Institute advises Norwegian authorities on matters concerning polar environmental management and is the official environmental management body for Norwegian activities in Antarctica.
View Link: http://www.npolar.no/en/
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the international body for assessing the science related to climate change. The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide policymakers with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation.
View Link: http://www.ipcc.ch/
A vast array of Arctic internet resources is available. Here we list those with direct links to the Changing Arctic Ocean Programme. An important component of the research in the Programme is international collaboration, and the many Arctic and international organisations that the scientists have contact with are summarised here.