Task 2.3

Optimisation of existing monitoring and modelling programmes

This task builds on current national and international monitoring and modelling activities, e.g., those under the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) Trends and Effects Programme on environmental and climate-related parameters, the CAFF Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP) on living resources, OSPAR, and European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP) in the Arctic, as well as relevant monitoring and observation programmes in the Antarctic, notably Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the emerging Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) programme and the various national observational programmes.

It will develop an inventory of existing monitoring activities, including the parameters monitored, frequency, sampling locations (to the extent possible), and associated data reporting and data handling arrangements. This inventory will also include existing modelling programmes.

Based on this inventory, a strategic analysis of the existing monitoring and modelling programmes, and the infrastructures used to deliver them, will be conducted to determine where additional support may be needed to ensure the adequate collection of data to meet the needs of these programmes as well as to contribute, to the extent possible, to priority issues identified in other Work Package 2 tasks. Finally, together with Work Package 3, a scheme for optimisation of infrastructure use will be developed. Both task leaders complement each other, AMAP has the monitoring expertise and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is the dedicated bi-polar climate modelling specialist. The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Institut polaire français Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV) and National Research Council - Department of Earth System Science and Environmental Technologies (CNR-DTA) will contribute to Task 2.3.

This Task will focus on:

  • Preparing an inventory of existing monitoring and modelling programmes.

  • Performing a strategic analysis of the monitoring and modelling programmes and related infrastructures.

  • Preparing a roadmap for infrastructure optimisation with Work Package 3.

Work Package lead

Marie-Noelle Houssais
Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique (CNRS)
Paris, France

Task leads