Future international collaboration
First of all, thanks to the conference organizers and the Norway Government.
Scientific researchers, government officials, and young students are gathered around here. It’s a great opportunity to have detailed discussions about the rapid climate change and the global impact of the Arctic. As a doctoral candidate of environmental science, especially focus on the environmental assessment and monitoring in the polar regions, I was impressed by the positive attitude of Norway Government and many related Arctic countries to the rapid change on the environment of the Arctic. In the side events of the “AF”, I found many speakers talking about international cooperation and data sharing which are in urgent needed. I think the governments and the scientific researchers of related Arctic countries should take the lead and to be the actual participants in the following work. More international cooperation about the fieldwork in both North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean should be done in the following years and researchers from the non-arctic countries should also have chances to take part in.
Different institutes, companies, and governments might set up funding to support the fieldwork. Besides the data sharing about the high arctic regions, we should also try to build and develop the database of weather, physical oceanography, thalassochemistry, biology, and environment monitoring about the high Arctic regions. This will give great feedback to companies and scientific institutes. Publicity and education about the rapid changes, especially about those have already happened in the Arctic, to the citizens in all countries in the northern hemisphere are also very important to the following work. I hope I could have more scientific cooperation with Norwegian institutes in the future, especially about the fieldwork.
By Hongyuan Zheng, Masters, Tongji University, China
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