EU Arctic Cluster News

The EU Arctic Cluster becomes Polar

The EU Arctic Cluster is a network of Horizon 2020 and 7th Framework Programme funded Arctic projects. Currently it involves 11 projects. With the recent approval of new Horizon 2020 projects with an Arctic/polar component and additional funding projects under the ongoing Horizon 2020 call on the cryosphere, the Arctic cluster will broaden its scope to include also the Antarctica, to become a “Polar” cluster, ensuring a bigger impact of around 20 EU-funded projects from the beginning of 2020. More information can be found here.

Polar Prediction Matters

The EU Arctic Cluster Projects APPLICATE and Blue-Action are contributing to Polar Prediction Matters (PPM), a non-peer reviewed forum initiated to foster the dialogue between those that research, develop, and provide polar environmental forecasts and those that use (or could use) polar environmental forecasts to guide socio-economic decisions. From mid-2017 through mid-2019 – the Year of Polar Prediction Core Phase – PPM will feature written contributions that provide a range of individual views on how polar environmental forecasts (and other environmental information, e.g., satellite imagery) are actually used, whether additional needs exist, and what factors might limit the effective use of forecasts. While the majority of contributions will offer perspectives from forecast users, contributions by “providers” (meteorological and sea-ice services and natural scientists) and social scientists concerning the creation, delivery, and utilization of forecast information and “products” will complement PPM. It will also be possible to post comments, enabling open communication and exchange of views in relation to the individual contributions. Collectively, the perspectives assembled in PPM will provide a solid basis for a better understanding of actual user needs, which may help to guide research towards significantly improved and applied polar prediction capabilities in a way that is meaningful to various stakeholders. Visit Polar Prediction Matters here.

EU Arctic Cluster Side Event at COP23

Polar insights for climate action: Arctic science contributions to implementing the Paris Agreement

Date and Time: Wednesday, 15th November, 11:45 - 13:00
Location: EU Pavilion, Room Brussels, COP23 Bonn Zone (accreditation needed), Bonn, Germany

Warming at almost twice the global average rate, the Arctic is a key region for understanding wider climate change impacts. Mitigation and adaptation strategies in the Arctic are thus an integral part of the EU’s wider efforts to combat climate change and to implement the Paris Agreement. This session provided up-to-date and policy-relevant information on Arctic change and its global implications, including thawing permafrost, the contribution of melting glaciers and ice sheets on the global sea level, the influence of the Arctic on the global oceans, and changing weather patterns.


  • Prof Jonathan Bamber (Moderator), President of the European Geosciences Union (UK);
  • Dr Andrea Tilche, Head of Unit Climate Action and Earth Observation, DG RTD EC (Belgium);
  • Dr Jeremy Wilkinson, British Antarctic Survey (UK);
  • Dr Sebastian H. Mernild, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center;
  • Dr Margareta Johannsson, Lund University (Sweden);
  • Dr Dirk Notz, MPI Hamburg (Germany)

Meeting report

Download the summary of the presentations with all key messages here.