Presentation Open Access
Presentation held at the
Arctic Workshop of the Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance
23-24 February 2017
Venue: Rue du Champ de Mars, 21 – B-1050 Brussels (BE)
Rapid Arctic changes are impacting its own fragile ecosystem and society, and are also, on a broader
scale, influencing global changes to the climate system and to sea level. Arctic research and
observation are essential to monitor and predict the evolution of these changes.
The Arctic, through its interplay with the Atlantic, is part of the EU-US-Canada Transatlantic Ocean
Research Alliance launched by the trilateral Galway declaration in May 2013. The Alliance triggered
the decision to invest in a broad package of Arctic research activities in Work Programme 2016-17 of
Horizon 2020. Three large research projects have already been selected and will begin in late 2016.
In this occasion, the European Commission has decided to organise an Arctic Workshop under the
Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance flagship to build on this positive momentum and to further the
scientific partnerships on the Arctic between the EU, the US and Canada.
Moreover, the Arctic Workshop will also contribute to establishment of the strategies and
international efforts to work on the deliverables identified at the recent White House Arctic Science
Ministerial meeting on 28th September 2016. In particular, the discussion will focus on the building
of an integrated Arctic observing system and to advance towards sustained Arctic observations.
The Arctic Workshop will take place in Brussels on 23-24 February 2016.
The mornings will be dedicated to show-case of the projects and initiatives in place in Europe, United
States and Canada. The afternoon of the first day we will ask the participants to split in two groups to
• "Status of data availability and strategies to build an integrated data access platform "and;
• "Key Arctic Change variables for an operational/science integrated Arctic observing system".
The objective of the afternoon discussion will be to take stock of the outcomes of the projects and
initiatives which are more advanced in their implementation and to confront the different
approaches to build synergies, avoid double efforts and identify eventual gaps. The feedback form
these discussion sessions will contribute to the identification of future concrete actions for
collaboration addressing the priorities set out in the context of the Transatlantic Ocean Research
Alliance and, more broadly, the White House Arctic Science Ministerial.
The afternoon of the second day will focus on the identification of strategies and mechanisms to
facilitate international Arctic science cooperation. The objective will be to contribute to the drafting
of a white paper to be presented, and discussed, in a dedicated session at the next ASSW in Prague.