Global Change and Arctic Sustainable Transformations (GloCAST)

Temperatures in the Arctic are rising at twice the average rate of global warming. As a result of this, the extent of Arctic sea ice has shrunk by half over the last fifty years. The prospect of accessing new trade routes and resource deposits is attracting the interest of neighbouring states and export nations alike. This development is paralleled by a growing gap between the complex challenges for sustainable development in the Arctic and the steering instruments and regulatory frameworks currently available to the international community. Against this background, this research project examines the interrelations between regional and global change processes and works to develop improved governance and steering instruments. The barriers to action and ambiguities in the allocation of roles and responsibilities in governance processes at the regional and international level will form a particular focus of this project.