The third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) - 2015
The third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) in 2015 in provided a framework to:
- identify Arctic science priorities for the next decade;
- coordinate various Arctic research agendas;
- inform policy makers, people who live in or near the Arctic and the global community and
- build constructive relationships between producers and users of knowledge.
ICARP III did not undertake the development of new science plans but rather built on the many comprehensive science plans that existed already and complimented those with processes to identify gaps that may need attention. Considering the outcomes of ICARP II, the International Polar Year, recent assessments and upcoming and new initiatives, it was a process for:
- integrating priorities for forward-looking, collaborative, interdisciplinary Arctic research and observing and
- establishing an inventory of recent and current synthesis documents and major developments in Arctic research.
Engaging all partners, including funders, in shaping the future of Arctic research needs, ICARP III:
- produced a consensus statement identifying the most important Arctic research needs for the next decade;
- provided a roadmap for research priorities and partnerships and
- identified the potential and specific contributions of Arctic research partners to the International Polar Partnership Initiative
The official outcomes and key messages that emerged from the 2-year ICARP III process are online. The overarching research priorities are on:
- Role of the Arctic in the global system;
- Prediction of future climate dynamics and ecosystem responses;
- Improved understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of Arctic environments and societies.
The planning and implementation of ICARP III was overseen by a Steering Committee composed of one representative of each of the ICARP III partner organizations and the IASC Working Groups. The committee was chaired by the President of IASC and also included the chairs of ICARP I and ICARP II and representatives of the local hosts of the ASSW 2014 and 2015. Secretarial support was provided by IASC.
The report of the November 2014 Steering Group Meeting can be downloaded here:
ICARP III aimed at engaging all partners in shaping the future of Arctic research needs. It was an open process, with the opportunity for the Arctic community at large to contribute to the overall objectives.
- Arctic Research Consortium of the US (ARCUS)
- Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples Secretariat (IPS)
- Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)
- Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)
- Climate and Cryosphere (CliC)
- Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)
- European Polar Board (EPB)
- Forum of Arctic Research Operators (FARO)
- International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
- International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA)
- International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS)
- International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
- International Institute for Advanced Systems Analysis (IIASA)
- International Permafrost Association (IPA)
- International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC)
- Northern Research Forum (NRF)
- Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC)
- Pacific Arctic Group (PAG)
- Polar Educators International (PEI)
- Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
- University of the Arctic (UArctic)
All relevant ICARP III information can be downloaded here:
ICARPIII General Information
ICARP III Symposium at ASSW 2015
Reports ICARPIII Activities
Please see ICARP III Scientific Themes above.
Other ICARP III related publications