Generating data and knowledge

At any given time the Council’s subsidiary bodies – the Working and Expert Groups – are engaged in close to 100 projects and initiatives.

Current projects focus on preventing pollution, fostering mental health, averting oil pollution risks, manage biodiversity and marine ecosystems, and monitoring Arctic climate change – to name just a few. With this substantial body of knowledge, the Council continues to produce the most comprehensive circumpolar assessments and reports of issues and trends that impact the Arctic environment and Arctic inhabitants.

The inclusion of traditional knowledge and local knowledge is vital for exploring solutions to emerging challenges in the Arctic and to provide the best available knowledge as a basis for decision-making. The active participation of the Permanent Participants is one of the key features of the Arctic Council. Continuous efforts are made to enhance capacities within Arctic Indigenous communities, to enable them to contribute to the work of the Arctic Council.

Featured projects

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Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP)

The CBMP is an international network of scientists, governments, Indigenous organizations and conservation groups working to harmonize and integrate efforts to monitor the Arctic's living resources.

Arctic Biodiversity Data Service

The ABDS is an online tool to house, collect, display and search for Arctic biodiversity related data, maps and graphics for decision making.

Circumpolar Oil Spill Response Viability Analysis (COSRVA)

The COSRVA project investigates the potential of different oil spill response systems for the Arctic marine environment.

Arctic Hydrogen Energy Applications and Demonstrations (AHEAD)

Design, construction and development of the year-round Snowflake International Arctic Station (IAS) based on fully-autonomous hydrogen energy for finalizing, testing and popularizing solutions in the ...
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Arctic Demography Index

The Arctic Council states are facing a number of troublesome demographic trends: restructuring of the population towards a smaller share of youth and young adults, aging decline in labor force for som...
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The Arctic Wildland Fire Ecology Mapping and Monitoring Project (ArcticFIRE)

The project seeks to improve the understanding of fire ecology and impacts in Arctic States and to communities represented by the PPs, and to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildland fire. Main act...

Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON)

SAON's vision is a connected, collaborative, and comprehensive long-term pan-Arctic Observing System that serves societal needs. SAON's mission is to facilitate, coordinate, and advocate for coordinat...

Arctic Ship Traffic Data - ASTD

PAME's Arctic Ship Traffic Data (ASTD) project has been developed in response to a growing need to collect and distribute accurate, reliable, and up-to-date information on shipping activities in the A...

Prevention, Preparedness and Response for small communities

EPPR has been working with small communities to improve their safety in case of an oil spill event.
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Coastal Biodiversity Monitoring

Arctic coastal ecosystems include those areas within the Arctic region where fjords, glaciers, rocky coasts, coastal wetlands, estuaries, rivers, lakes, and coastal ocean ecosystems meet and interact ...
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Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring

Temperature can affect terrestrial ecosystems through thawing permafrost, snowmelt, drought, fires, changes in phenology (with subsequent implications on the food web), encroachment of invasive specie...
Permafrost erosion in Alaska. Photo: USGS / M. Torre Jorgenson

Climate Issues: Cryosphere, meteorology, ecosystem impacts

AMAP is further developing work on thresholds and extremes, Arctic/mid-latitude weather connections and performance of global models in the Arctic, with contributions from the meteorology community. T...

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