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British Antarctic Survey coordinates Arctic sea-ice investigation

13 February 2014

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Arctic sea-ice cover is retreating at an unprecedented rate. Scientists fear we may see the complete loss of sea ice during the summer months within decades. To assess the impact Arctic change will have, British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is coordinating an 11.5M Euro EU-funded multi-disciplinary investigation.

Launched today (Thursday 13 February 2014), ICE-ARC (Ice, Climate, Economics - Arctic Research on Change) will look into the current and future changes in Arctic sea ice, due to both changing atmospheric and oceanic conditions. BAS will coordinate an international team of physicists, chemists, biologists, economists, and sociologists from 21 institutes across Europe to explore the interrelated consequences of change in the Arctic marine environment.

Arctic change impacts the local, regional and global climate through complex coupling mechanisms within the Earth system. It is not possible to look at one aspect of this complex system in isolation; a holistic approach is needed. By bringing together the relevant experts across Europe, ICE-ARC will be better placed to quantify the effects of Arctic change on the global economy, as well as its impact on indigenous peoples, climate, and the environment.

Source: British Antarctic Survey