Practical Cooperation for Marine Research
Organised by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom

The Polar Oceans are amongst the least understood environments on the planet. Yet, they play a vital role in sustaining millions of marine and coastal species and serve as an important source of food. Declining sea ice, increasing temperatures, altered nutrient balance, pollutants are affecting marine biological communities in the Arctic and beyond in multiple ways, including species distribution, the structure and functioning of food webs and biogeochemical processes. Understanding these changes and how marine and coastal ecosystems are responding to them is a key to understanding global climate change processes and remains one of the crucial challenges for scientists across the globe that demands further collaborative research efforts. By working together, scientists create observing systems to collect and interpret crucial scientific data that shapes policy, protects the environment and ultimately improves people’s lives.

The UK, Norwegian and Russian Arctic research communities have a rich history of cooperation on bilateral and multilateral levels, with multiple recent examples of joint work on the research and education fronts, including joint expeditions and university-to-university partnerships. In July 2018, The State of the Polar Oceans 2018 – Making Sense of Our Changing World report was published - a joint UK-Norway project commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In the report scientists from leading UK and Norwegian research institutions highlighted the urgency to further investigate Polar Oceans to provide the understanding needed to help people live with and adapt to environmental change. UK and Norwegian Arctic scientists have been closely working within the framework of the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean programme. Recent UK-Russia Arctic cooperation featured a series of bilateral projects, workshops and conferences, with a special focus on early career links.

This trilateral side-event is an opportunity to showcase some of the work and productive cooperation made by Norway, the UK and Russia to advance our understanding of a changing Arctic. The event will bring together scientists from the three countries involved in ongoing research programmes and projects on Arctic marine and coastal biodiversity with international participation. The session will provide a platform to explore what further collaborative research opportunities might look like and which existing frameworks could be used to deliver them.

Organised by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom

For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com

Arena Arena

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

17:30 - 19:00

Clarion Hotel The Edge - Importkompaniet

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Organised by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom
The Polar Oceans are amongst the least understood environments on the planet. Yet, they play a vital role in sustaining millions of marine and coastal species and serve as an important source of food. Declining sea ice, increasing temperatures, altered nutrient balance, pollutants are affecting marine biological communities in the Arctic and beyond in multiple ways, including species distribution, the structure and functioning of food webs and biogeochemical processes. Understanding these changes and how marine and coastal ecosystems are responding to them is a key to understanding global climate change processes and remains one of the crucial challenges for scientists across the globe that demands further collaborative research efforts. By working together, scientists create observing systems to collect and interpret crucial scientific data that shapes policy, protects the environment and ultimately improves people’s lives. The UK, Norwegian and Russian Arctic research communities have a rich history of cooperation on bilateral and multilateral levels, with multiple recent examples of joint work on the research and education fronts, including joint expeditions and university-to-university partnerships. In July 2018, The State of the Polar Oceans 2018 – Making Sense of Our Changing World report was published - a joint UK-Norway project commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In the report scientists from leading UK and Norwegian research institutions highlighted the urgency to further investigate Polar Oceans to provide the understanding needed to help people live with and adapt to environmental change. UK and Norwegian Arctic scientists have been closely working within the framework of the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean programme. Recent UK-Russia Arctic cooperation featured a series of bilateral projects, workshops and conferences, with a special focus on early career links. This trilateral side-event is an opportunity to showcase some of the work and productive cooperation made by Norway, the UK and Russia to advance our understanding of a changing Arctic. The event will bring together scientists from the three countries involved in ongoing research programmes and projects on Arctic marine and coastal biodiversity with international participation. The session will provide a platform to explore what further collaborative research opportunities might look like and which existing frameworks could be used to deliver them. Organised by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com Clarion Hotel The Edge - Importkompaniet

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