The Arctic Science Partnership is a leading consortium on climate, ice, ecosystems and human interactions. Across water, land and atmosphere, ASP investigates:
- Ongoing changes in ice-ocean interactions, snow and ice extent, permafrost thaw and their combined consequences for Arctic ecosystems and the benefits we receive from the systems
- Feedbacks between the Arctic and Earth climate systems
- Proxies for predicting future changes in ocean currents, weather systems and ecosystems
- Impact of climate change on the Arctic population’s lifestyle and disease patterns
- Pollutant transport to the Arctic and exposure consequences on ecosystems and humans
Seven Guiding Questions for ASP Research
- What controls change in i) snow, sea ice area extent and thickness ii) the glacier-sea ice ocean interactions iii) the permafrost thaw and associated atmosphere-land interactions?
- What controls the marine and atmospheric transport of pollutants to the Arctic?
- How can proxies of palaeoclimate/ecology inform us of changes in ocean current, wind systems, precipitation, future Arctic climates and their ecological consequences?
- What are the consequences of these changes (1-2) for i) ecosystem ecology, structure and function? and ii) chemical contaminants affecting ecosystems and human exposure?
- What are the impacts of the transition and environmental changes on the Arctic population’s lifestyle and changes in disease patterns?
- What will be the combined effects of natural and anthropogenic forcing on ecosystems and their services?
- What are the feedbacks between the Arctic and Earth climate system
ASP Leadership / Research Team
- Søren Rysgaard, Professor, Centre for Earth Observation Science (Winnipeg, Canada) / Arctic Research Centre (Aarhus, Denmark)
- David Barber, Professor, Centre for Earth Observation Science (Winnipeg, Canada)
- Josephine Nymand, Head of Department, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (Nuuk, Greenland)
- Jørgen Berge, Professor, UiT The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø, Norway)
- Malene Simon, Head of Department, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (Nuuk, Greenland)
- Tim Papakyriakou, Professor, Centre for Earth Observation Science (Winnipeg, Canada)
- Torben Røjle Christensen, Professor, Lund University (Lund, Sweden)
- Uwe John, Dr., Alfred-Wegener-Institut (Germany)