Integrating Arctic Research - a Roadmap for the Future:
The official outcomes of the Third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) were published online today. The report, entitled "Integrating Arctic Research – A Roadmap for the Future“ presents the key messages that emerged from the 2-year ICARP III process.
The plan was developed by the MOSAiC Science Plan writing team during 2013-2016 and lays out the scientific vision and design of the MOSAiC initiative. The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) is a key international flagship initiative under the auspices of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC).
The report is an assessment produced jointly by the World Climate Research Programme’s Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC), IASC and AMAP. The AFS Summary report is based on the scientific articles that have been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in a Special Issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.
Global geopolitics are fueling the renewal of East-West tensions, with deteriorating U.S.-Russia relations in the wake of conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, issues involving cyber-security, and broader concerns about expanding militarization. Against this backdrop, the Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation, signed on 11 May 2017 by foreign ministers of the eight Arctic States, including the U.S. and Russia, as well as Greenland and the Faroe Islands, is a milestone. This “Arctic Science Agreement” is a strong signal reaffirming the global relevance of science as a tool of diplomacy, reflecting a common interest to promote scientific cooperation even when diplomatic channels among nations are unstable (1–3). It provides a framework for enhancing the efforts of scientists working on cutting-edge issues, but translating the general language of the agreement into enhanced action requires further attention, collaboration, and effort among diplomats and scientists to ensure its successful implementation. With the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) convening the International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic (ISIRA) at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow next week, we highlight steps to advance science, its contributions to informed decision-making, and its role in maintaining the Arctic as a zone of peace and cooperation. Authors: Paul Arthur Berkman, Lars Kullerud (UArctic), Allen Pope (IASC), Alexander N. Vylegzhanin, Oran R. Young