Researching the North Pole’s floating ice-reef ecosystem and wildlife
International policy-makers depend on the supply of quality scientific research to recognise the case for marine conservation and protection measures.
With the summer-time sea-ice cover of the Arctic Ocean’s waters only recently reducing in area, and therefore access to research vessels not possible until recently, little scientific information is currently available relating to the region’s ecosystem and wildlife.
The 90ºNorth Unit is meeting the research challenge in several ways:
- Its own Arctic Mission expedition programme undertakes marine research each year on the Arctic Ocean
- It created the Marine Ecosystem Research Group – Central Arctic Ocean (MERG–CAO) which engages interested scientists to address key topics of relevance to conservation policy
- It shares, highlights and promotes emerging relevant science undertaken by the wider marine and polar communities
- It commissions researchers to prepare papers, graphics and articles
- It stimulates innovation within the technology industry to provide observational data with new hardware and software