Science outputs from the Changing Arctic Ocean contribute to informing evidence-based decision making and policy. One of the key aims of the programme is to understand how the Arctic Ocean functions in a quantitative way, and to use numerical models to identify the range and rate of change in the Arctic, now and in the future. This information contributes to the policy and decision-making process.
The activities of the investigators in communicating their science outputs to policy makers are described here.
Priorities in a Changing Central Arctic Ocean
Policy briefing note
The research was conducted through a review of the science and policy literature, and consultation with national and international stakeholders. It has produced a comprehensive overview of past, current and future research activity in the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO), and outlined the geopolitical and legal structures governing relationships in the region.
Marine Climate Change Impacts: Report Card 2020
The MCCIP Report Card 2020 summarises the latest evidence from 26 topics regarding the physical, ecological, and social and economic impacts of climate change on UK coasts and seas. New topics for this year include oxygen, cultural heritage, and transport and infrastructure.
More than 150 scientists from over 50 leading research organisations have contributed to this year’s Report Card, producing 26 peer-reviewed scientific reports which give detailed information regarding the evidence bases on UK marine climate change impacts.
The scientific report on “Impacts of climate change on Arctic sea-ice” involved several CAO investigators:
Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders
22-28 January 2020 ~ Bodø, Lofoten and Tromsø, Norway
Laura Hobbs (Arctic PRIZE) has been successful in the selection to take part in a week-long “Emerging Leaders” course, organised by Arctic Frontiers and funded by the Research Council of Norway. The course will focus on Arctic politics and security, and the natural resources and industries representing the fundament for wealth creation in the North. Other aspects of the course include a security perspective, search and rescue in the High North, international resource negotiations, blue growth: feeding the world from the North, and Arctic seafood and tourism.
6 December 2019 ~ Madrid, Spain
The Changing Arctic Ocean held a side event at COP25, hosted by the Cryosphere Pavilion. The aim of the side event was to present the evidence of climate change impacts on Arctic Ocean ecosystems and biogeochemistry and discuss the policy response.
Speakers from the Changing Arctic Ocean programme (Carol Turley ~ PETRA, Yevgeny Aksenov ~ APEAR, Jack Landy ~ Diatom-ARCTIC, Geoff Abbott ~ ChAOS) were joined by Prof Hans-Otto Pörtner of AWI, and Tim Eder of the BMBF.
Science Policy Workshop 2019
8-9 October 2019 ~ Reykjavik, Iceland
Johan Faust (ChAOS) is taking part in the Science Policy Workshop 2019. Taking place in Reykjavik, Iceland, the focus of this workshop is “Raising awareness and building capacity for science-based policy-making.”
This workshop aims to provide training to early career researchers to raise awareness of the need to communicate beyond the research community, to introduce new career paths for early career researchers outside academia and to lower “mental barriers” in the transition between politics and science.
Arctic Connections: Scotland’s Arctic policy framework
23 September 2019 ~ Stromness, Orkney, UK
The Scottish Government has developed a formal Arctic policy, “Arctic Connections: Scotland’s Arctic policy framework”. Published on 23 September 2019, it provides a prospectus for cooperation, knowledge-exchange and policy partnerships between Scotland and the Arctic.
H2020 Environment scanning workshop and report
Publication 1 June 2019
The Blue-Action team developed forward-looking scenarios to better understand the risks and opportunities associated with multiple developments in the Arctic and help stakeholders to adapt to them.
The report is available here.
Invited keynote to BEIS
20 June 2019 ~ London, UK
Carol Turley (PETRA) gave an invited keynote to the UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 20 June 2019 in London. The title of her talk was “Ocean acidification: the Other CO2 Problem or an Indicator of Global Climate Change?”
Addressing the IPCC Findings Relevant to the Ocean and Climate Nexus
25 June 2019 ~ Bonn, Germany
Carol Turley (PETRA) attended this event and reported on the science addressed in the IPCC Special Report on The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.
The side event took place during the 50th session of Subsidiary Body (SB) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It was organized by the Global Ocean Forum; Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action (ROCA) Initiative; Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan; Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC/UNESCO); Plymouth Marine Laboratory; Ocean Pathway (Government of Fiji and Sweden), Government of Maldives; Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Berlin; Government of Chile; and Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal.
Scotland’s Arctic Day Meeting
25 March 2019 ~ Inverness, UK
Scotland’s first Arctic Day provided an opportunity to gather views on the main topics featured in the draft Arctic policy framework, in preparation by the Scottish Government Arctic Policy Steering Group. Finlo Cottier (Arctic PRIZE) and Jordan Grigor (CHASE) contributed to the event.
Scotland’s International Marine Conference
20-21 February 2019 ~ Strathclyde, UK
Scotland’s International Marine Conference 2019 focussed on current national and international actions to protect the marine environment.
Seminar on Ocean Acidification
6-9 October 2019 ~ Reykjavik, Iceland
Carol Turley (PETRA) was invited to give the global perspective at the seminar on Ocean Acidification. This was held at the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MRFI, Iceland), and was a collaboration between MRFI and the Iceland Nature Conservation Association. It was organised by Árni Finnsson (INCA), who is also a member of the Icelandic Climate Council.
By chance the IPCC Special Report on 1.5oC Warming was released just hours before the seminar, so not surprisingly this resulted in an excellent turnout as well as substantial media interest.
Environmental Audit Parliamentary Committee Enquiry into “The Changing Arctic”
May 2018 ~ London, UK
In May 2018 investigators from Arctic PRIZE submitted evidence to the Environmental Audit Parliamentary Committee enquiry into “The Changing Arctic”. The evidence addressed questions on how the Arctic is changing, the evidence for microplastics, UK Arctic policy and Arctic economic development.
Read the full “The Changing Arctic” report here.