Europe and the Polar Regions

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.

In recent years there have been a number of publications based on European projects that form a foundation for the work that EU-PolarNet hopes to achieve. These papers, published by the EPB, can be found below.

Arctic and Antarctic Science for Europe:

  • The Polar Regions in a Connected World
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  • Polar Climates in our Connected World      
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  • Poles of Technological Innovation and Development
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  • Natural Resources in Polar Oceans 
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  • Polar Infrastructure and Scientific Platforms 
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  • Communicating Polar Agendas
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  • European Polar Research

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ERICON Science Perspective 2015 - 2030

  • Scientific Research in the Polar Seas
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The contribution of a new joint European research icebreaker capacity to environmental monitoring and policy relevant research in Polar regions with special emphasis on the Arctic.           

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European Research in the Polar Regions: Relevance, strategic content and setting future directions in the European research area.

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Towards the Strengthening of European Coordination Between Polar Environmental Observatories in the Arctic Region.

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EU-Arctic Information Centre Factsheets

These factsheets were produced as a part of the Strategic Assessment of Development of the Arctic and are primarily designed as a background material for consultations with Arctic stakeholders.

  • Climate Change in the Arctic
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  • Changes in Arctic Maritime Transport
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  • Changing Nature of Arctic Fisheries
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  • Developing Oil and Gas Resources in Arctic Waters: The Final Frontier?
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  • Increasing Land Use Pressures in the European Arctic
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  • Mining in the European Arctic
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  • Social and Cultural Changes in the European Arctic
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