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Stress testing of marine data in the Arctic

Are the data that we collect the right ones? Can we access them easily? Do they meet the needs of industry, public authorities, scientists and civil society?


On 16 June, 2015 a contract was signed between the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and a consortium led by ARCADIS Nederland BV. The consortium will see whether we have the right set of marine data in the Arctic. They will do this by undertaking a number of practical challenges – simulating an oil spill, checking whether marine protected areas make up a coherent set, siting a wind farm, estimating the impact of invasive species or checking how temperature, ice-cover and fish catches have changed over the years. This will enable gaps to be identified, priorities for monitoring to be determined and the current availability and fitness for use of current data to be evaluated.

This follows a similar exercise in the North Sea and Mediterranean and will be followed up by efforts in the Atlantic, Baltic and Black Sea.

The team consists of -

  • ARCADIS The Netherlands
  • IMARES (The Netherlands)
  • SINTEF (Norway)
  • SENES Canada
  • MARIS (The Netherlands)

The Arctic Ocean includes Baffin Bay, Barents Sea, Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea, East Siberian Sea, Greenland Sea, Hudson Bay, Hudson Strait, Kara Sea, Laptev Sea, Northwest Passage, and other tributary water bodies.

one-page description of project