Vision & Mission
Vision & Mission
The Arctic Science Partnership will be a leading consortium on climate, cryosphere, ecosystems, and human interactions through research, monitoring and education.
To facilitate and integrate active scientific cooperation between the ASP and its members.
- 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. In 2016-17 the Alfred Wegener Institute also became a partner of ASP. In 2019 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ASP and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).
7 QUESTIONS GUIDING ASP RESEARCH
- How does climate change impact the Arctic cryosphere and what are the implications for the cryosphere’s interactions with land, ocean and atmosphere
- What controls the marine and atmospheric transport of pollutants to the Arctic?
- How can proxies of palaeoclimate/ecology inform us of changes in ocean current, wind systems, precipitation, future Arctic climates and their ecological consequences?
- What are the consequences of these drivers (1-2) for i) ecosystem production and function? and ii) chemical contaminants affecting ecosystems and human exposure?
- What are the impacts of the transition and environmental changes on the Arctic population’s lifestyle and changes in disease patterns?
- What will be the combined effects of natural and anthropogenic forcing on ecosystems and their services?
- What are the feedbacks between the Arctic and Earth climate system