Vision & Mission

First ASP Annual Meeting, 12-16 Nov. 2012, Gimli, Canada. Photo: Peter Bondo Christensen

Vision & Mission

 

Vision

The Arctic Science Partnership will be a leading consortium on climate, cryosphere, ecosystems, and human interactions through research, monitoring and education.

Mission

To facilitate and integrate active scientific cooperation between the ASP and its members.

Strategies

  • Joint projects, field campaigns, workshops
  • Sharing facilities (labs, instruments, field stations, logistics, ships)
  • Joint positions (staff, technicians, students, visiting scientists)
  • Joint observatories and data sharing
  • Joint publications and acknowledgements
  • Education, outreach and capacity building in the Arctic
  • Collaborative work on industry relevant assessments
  • Development of new environmental Arctic technologies
  • Information dissemination

Memorandum of Understanding

The initial idea of the ASP cooperation was created during a meeting in Winnipeg in June 2011. A Memorandum of Understanding was singed at a meeting in Nuuk on June 8th 2012 between the Aarhus University, Greenland Institue of Natural Resources and the University of Manitoba.  

 

7 QUESTIONS GUIDING ASP RESEARCH

  1. How does climate change impact the Arctic cryosphere and what are the implications for the cryosphere’s interactions with land, ocean and atmosphere
  2. What controls the marine and atmospheric transport of pollutants to the Arctic?
  3. How can proxies of palaeoclimate/ecology inform us of changes in ocean current, wind systems, precipitation, future Arctic climates and their ecological consequences?
  4. What are the consequences of these drivers (1-2) for i) ecosystem production  and function? and ii) chemical contaminants affecting ecosystems and human exposure?
  5. What are the impacts of the transition and environmental changes on the Arctic population’s lifestyle and changes in disease patterns?
  6. What will be the combined effects of natural and anthropogenic forcing on ecosystems and their services?
  7. What are the feedbacks between the Arctic and Earth climate system