European Polar Science

The polar regions are increasingly important to Europe as it influences many parts of European society.  For example, changes in the polar ice-cap can affect weather patterns that have an influence on agriculture and infrastructure.  Increased sea levels would be devastating for European coastal communities and the associated changing marine environments could dramatically affect Europe's fish stocks.

Established in 1995, it has been the European Polar Board's mission to co-ordinate Arctic and Antarctic research optimising European polar co-operation by creating successful working partnerships between member organisations. The EPB comprises of 24 member organisations from 17 different European countries who are responsible for over 40 polar stations. 

EU-PolarNet acts as the catalyst to strengthen these existing European partnerships to create a super network that can formulate ideas and seize exciting new research opportunities.