Vision & Mission

First ASP Annual Meeting, 12-16 Nov. 2012, Gimli, Canada. Photo: Peter Bondo Christensen

Vision & Mission



The Arctic Science Partnership will be a leading consortium on climate, cryosphere, ecosystems, and human interactions through research, monitoring and education.


To facilitate and integrate active scientific cooperation between the ASP and its members.


  • Joint projects, field campaigns, workshops
  • Sharing facilities (labs, instruments, field stations, logistics, ships)
  • Joint positions (staff, technicians, students, visiting scientists)
  • Joint observatories and data sharing
  • Joint publications and acknowledgements
  • Education, outreach and capacity building in the Arctic
  • Collaborative work on industry relevant assessments
  • Development of new environmental Arctic technologies
  • Information dissemination

Memorandum of Understanding

The initial idea of the ASP cooperation was created during a meeting in Winnipeg in June 2011. A Memorandum of Understanding was singed at a meeting in Nuuk on June 8th 2012 between the Aarhus University, Greenland Institue of Natural Resources and the University of Manitoba.  



  • What controls change in i) snow, sea ice area extent and thickness? ii) the glacier-sea ice ocean interactions? iii) the permafrost thaw and the 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?