EU Arctic Cluster News

Two new Cluster members


NUNATARYUK is a H2020 project that investigates the impacts of thawing coastal and subsea permafrost on the global climate, and develops targeted and co-designed adaptation and mitigation strategies for the Arctic coastal population. NUNATARYUK brings together world-leading specialists in natural science and socio-economics to:

  •  develop quantitative understanding of the fluxes and fates of organic matter released from thawing coastal and subsea permafrost;
  • assess what risks are posed by thawing coastal permafrost, to infrastructure, indigenous and local communities and people’s health, and from pollution;
  • use this understanding to estimate the long-term impacts of permafrost thaw on global climate and the economy.

NUNATARYUK is guided by a Stakeholders’ Forum of representatives from Arctic coastal communities and indigenous societies, which will create a legacy of collaborative community involvement and a mechanism for developing and applying innovative evidence-based interventions to enable the sustainable development of the Arctic. The project launched in November 2017 and will run for five years. By the way: Nunataryuk means land-sea in Inuvialuktun and this word very much embodies what this project is all about: It looks at the coastal interface in the Arctic with a strong human dimension. For more information about the project, please visit:


ARICE – Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium is an international cooperation strategy aiming at providing Europe with better capacities for marine-based research in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean.  Fifteen partners from thirteen countries including two North American partners from USA and Canada are joining their forces to better coordinate the existing polar research fleet, to offer scientists transnational access to six research icebreakers and to collaborate closely with the maritime industry in a "programme of ships and platforms of opportunity". The project is funded by the European Commission’s HORIZON2020 Framework Programme. It was launched in January 2018 and will run for four years. More information please visit the project website:

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.