New science cooperation between Greenland, Canada and Denmark is underway

05.06.11

By:  Peter Schmidt Mikkelsen

Greenland Climate Research Centre (Greenland), Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Geomicrobiology and Climate Change / Centre for Earth and Observation Science at University of Manitoba (Canada) and Centre for Arctic Science (in planning) at Aarhus University (Denmark) have held a three day meeting in Winnipeg, Canada, regarding a future formal collaboration on science, monitoring and education. The cooperation is named ”Arctic Science Partnership” and will focus on climate, cryosphere, ecosystem and human interactions.

The ASP will strive to answer the following overall questions:

  1. What controls the change in snow, sea ice area extent and thickness?
  2. What controls glacier-sea ice-ocean interactions?
  3. What controls permafrost thaw and the associated atmosphere-land interactions?
  4. What are the consequences of these changes for biogeochemical cycling and ocean-sea ice-land-snow-atmosphere fluxes?
  5. What are the consequences of changes in ecosystem structure and function?
  6. What are the consequences of changes in chemical contaminants on ecosystems and human health?
  7. How can paleoclimates inform us of current and future Arctic climates?
  8. What will be the combined effects of natural and anthropogenic forcing on ecosystems, their services and industrial development?
  9. What is the interaction between questions 1 – 8 and feedbacks between the Arctic and Earth climate system?

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The Arctic Science Partnership is three individual centres from Canada, Grønland and Danmark: Centre for Earth and Observation Science / Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Geomicrobiology and Climate Change at University of Manitoba (CEOS/CERC), Greenland Climate Research Centre in Nuuk (GCRC), and Centre for Arctic Science at Aarhus University (CAS).

Participants at the Arctic Science Partnership meeting at University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. Left to right: Peter Schmidt Mikkelsen, Jesper Madsen, Søren Rysgaard, Ronnie N. Glud, Torben Røjle Christensen, Dave Barber. Photo: GCRC.