The EU Polar Cluster

Providing answers for a changing Arctic and Antarctic

Eleven currently funded Horizon 2020 Polar projects and a FP7 funded project together build the EU Arctic Cluster – a network, which merges the most up-to-date findings on Arctic change and its global implications, which is now extended to Antarctica as EU Polar Cluster. Its objective is to provide guidance and policy-relevant information and to support the EU in advancing international cooperation, in responding to the impacts of climate change on the Arctic's fragile environment, and on promoting and contributing to sustainable development. In doing so, the EU Polar Cluster cooperates closely with policy makers, indigenous peoples, local Arctic communities, business representatives and the European civil society.

The EU Polar Cluster is a network of Horizon 2020 and a Framework Programme 7 funded Arctic projects. Currently it comprises eleven projects: APPLICATE, ARCSAR, ARICE, BLUE-ACTION, EU-PolarNet, ICE-ARC, iCUPE, INTAROS, INTERACT, KEPLER and NUNATARYUK. The cluster thus merges a broad spectrum of research and coordination activities - ranging from the most up-to-date findings on permafrost and sea ice, from enhancing observation to improving predictions, and from networking research stations to coordinating access to icebreakers.

Our objective is to bring the insights from our various areas of expertise together in order to provide one entry point to EU funded Polar research. Jointly we are aiming at providing policy-relevant information and supporting the EU in implementing its integrated policy for the Arctic.

How do we do this? In fostering international cooperation, in reporting on the impacts of climate change on the Arctic's fragile environment, in promoting sustainable development and in cooperating with policy makers, indigenous peoples and local communities, business and NGO representatives and other societal actors.

Let us present you each project in a nutshell.