Project - Adaption and Resilience tools for monitoring ClimaTe change Impacts in NPA Communities


Description (EN): The Arctic is undergoing rapid environmental change that is unprecedented in modern times. ‘Arctic amplification’ is rapidly destabilising the Arctic and has important implications for communities living in the NPA region. Yet knowledge of, and resilience to these impacts are limited. It is therefore critically important that we develop tools that can accurately monitor the nuanced impacts of climate change across this region in order to understand the pace of change and develop robust mitigation strategies that are tailored to the specific socio-economic, political and environmental contexts of NPA communities. Such tools are also essential for creating greater awareness of the impacts of climate change that are not always understood outside the scientific community. This interdisciplinary and multiscale project has two interconnected aims: 1) to develop innovative, user-friendly tools to map the impacts of climate change required to explore the implications of this for NPA regions; and, 2) to pilot these tools within three diverse NPA communities in the Arctic, sub-Arctic and mid latitude climatic zones within the NPA region to develop frameworks for building resilience that can then be disseminated to other communities across the NPA region. ARCTIC will use high-resolution satellite imagery from the EU Copernicus programme and new computational advances in deep-learning methods and image analysis to develop new automated GIS tools that will accurately map the impacts of climate change across the NPA region and create user-friendly interfaces that will make this information accessible to a variety of stakeholders including local government, policymakers and community groups. ARCTIC will develop a programme of community-level engagement strategies using the ARCTIC monitoring tools and existing climate change resources aimed at increasing awareness and scientific understanding of climate change science and its relevance for local communities across the NPA region.

Thematic Information

Thematics: Climate change and biodiversity  Evaluation systems and results  
Specific Objective: Increased capacity of remote and sparsely populated communities for sustainable environmental management
Thematic Objective: (6) preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency by:
Investment Priority: (6c) conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage

Project Summary

Project name (EN): Adaption and Resilience tools for monitoring ClimaTe change Impacts in NPA Communities
Project acronym: ARCTIC

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-09-10


Project start date: 2018-11-01
Project end date: 2019-04-30
Project status: Closed

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 43.401,40
European Union funding: EUR 27.460,91

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Partners Data

Lead Partner (EN): Ulster University
Lead Partner: Ulster University
Department: School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Address: Cromore Road, Coleraine, UNITED KINGDOM
Legal status: public

Department: Department of Arctic geology
Address: Longyearbyen N-9171, Svalbard, Norway
Legal status: public
Department: Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)
Address: University Road, Galway, IRELAND
Legal status: public
Department: Water and Environment
Address: County House, Lifford, IRELAND
Legal status: public
Department: Environment
Address: Strand Road 98, Derry, UNITED KINGDOM
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