The goals of ICARP IV are to discuss the state of Arctic science, and the place the Arctic occupies in global affairs and systems using a bottom-up approach,

  • to consider the most urgent knowledge gaps and Arctic research priorities and needs for the next decade, and
  • to explore avenues to address these research needs.

The scientific focus of ICARP IV will be on important research questions that cut across many disciplines and knowledge systems, and that require new and innovative thinking and collaboration. ICARP IV will develop a vision for implementation and science plans for addressing these priorities.

An integral aspect of the ICARP IV will be the inclusion of early career scientists, Indigenous Peoples, and local residents in the development of priorities and science plans to address the key questions. IASC is committed to recognizing that Traditional Knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge and academic scientific knowledge are coequal and complementary knowledge systems that all can and should inform the work of IASC and ICARP IV.

Research efforts should provide improved understanding and predictive capabilities for the evolution of Arctic systems.

Consideration will be given to providing relevant and useful information that peoples in the Arctic and those in more temperate regions need to have in order to adapt and prepare for the changing Arctic and its impact on global systems.

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