Polar: Arctic

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UNEP Projects: PIMS

Programme Information and Management System (PIMS) was created with the intention of supporting the functional needs of the entire UNEP Programme of Work cycle. Since its launch in 2009, PIMS has contributed to the improvement of programme delivery in the organization. It supports the planning process, guiding the way in which UNEP plans its future programming and allocates resources in a more strategic manner, taking into account lessons learned and good practices.

Please note that the project information as shown is as was approved at the beginning of the project.

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International Waters

IW:LEARN is the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network. It supports knowledge sharing and contains freely available project-related information. It also promotes experience sharing and learning among GEF International Waters projects and the country officials, agencies, and partners working on them.

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A precautionary approach to fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean: Policy, science, and China / M. Pan and H. Huntington. Marine Policy 63 2016, 153-157.

An assessment of the Arctic Ocean in a suite of interannual CORE-II simulations. Part III: Hydrography and fluxes / M. Il?cak et al. Ocean Modelling 100 2016, 141-161.

Arctic matters: The global connection to changes in the Arctic / United States National Research Council of the National Academies, 2015.

Climate change and response in bottom water circulation and sediment provenance in the Central Arctic Ocean since the Last Glacial / A.-K. Meinhardt, et al. Chemical Geology,4272016, 98-108.

Evidence linking rapid Arctic warming to mid-latitude weather patterns /J. Francis and N. Skific. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 373(2045), 2015.

Mercury in the marine environment of the Canadian Arctic: Review of recent findings / B. Braune et al. Science of The Total Environment 509-510, 67-90.

Natural variability or anthropogenically-induced variation? Insights from 15 years of multidisciplinary observations at the arctic marine LTER site HAUSGARTEN / T. Soltwedel et al. Ecological Indicators 65 2016, 89-102.

Pan-Arctic patterns of planktonic heterotrophic microbial abundance and processes: Controlling factors and potential impacts of warming / R. Maranger et al. Progress in Oceanography 2015, 221-232.

Relationships linking primary production, sea ice melting, and biogenic aerosol in the Arctic / S. Becagli et al. Atmospheric Environment 136 2016, 1-15.

Water systems, sanitation, and public health risks in remote communities: Inuit resident perspectives from the Canadian Arctic / K. Daley et al. Social Science & Medicine 135, 124-132.


The Arctic Regional Ocean Observing System established by a group of 14 member institutions from nine European countries actively work with ocean observation and modelling systems for the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas.Ocean and sea ice forecasting systems include

Products, Data and News

Polar View consortium provides a wide variety of earth observation products that monitor the Polar Regions and mid-latitude areas affected by ice and snow.

The mission of the Alaska Ocean Observing System is to address regional and national needs for ocean information, gather specific data on key coastal and ocean variables, and ensure timely and sustained dissemination and availability of these data.

The Atlas of Community-Based Monitoring in a Changing Arctic is designed to showcase the many community-based monitoring projects and initiatives across the circumpolar world.

Arctic Biodiversity Assessment launched in 2013 at the Arctic Council Ministerial

News from EU-Interact International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic

Algal Blooms

Massive phyotplankton blooms under Arctic sea ice (DOI: 10.1126/science.1215065 Arrigo et al 2012)

Ecological consequences of sea-ice decline (DOI: 10.1126/science.1235225 Post et al 2013)

Export of algal biomass from the melting Arctic sea ice (DOI: 10.1126/science.1231346 Boetius et al 2013)

Arctic sea ice thickness

Decline in Arctic sea ice thickness from submarine and ICESat records (1958-2008). (DOI:10.1029/2009GL039035 Kwok, R., and D. A. Rothrock, 2009)


  • UNEP Year Book 2014 update Rapid change in the Arctic (Prototype)
  • Polar knowledge app (Canadian Polar Commission)