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The Arctic Science Partnership is a leading consortium on climate, ice, ecosystems and human interactions. Across water, land and atmosphere, ASP investigates:

  • Ongoing changes in ice-ocean interactions, snow and ice extent, permafrost thaw and their combined consequences for Arctic ecosystems and the benefits we receive from the systems
  • Feedbacks between the Arctic and Earth climate systems
  • Proxies for predicting future changes in ocean currents, weather systems and ecosystems
  • Impact of climate change on the Arctic population’s lifestyle and disease patterns
  • Pollutant transport to the Arctic and exposure consequences on ecosystems and humans

Eight Guiding Questions for 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 contaminantsto 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 productionand 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. How can technology developments and implementation help us to connect scientific data needs with operational capability in the Arctic?
  8. What are the feedbacks between the Arctic and Earth climate system?

Click here to learn more about ASP research themes and projects.


ASP Leadership / Research Team