The Nenets live in the underpopulated and underdeveloped tundra near the Russian Arctic. What can they and other inhabitants of the Arctic expect from the incipient exploitation of the region’s mineral resources? That’s just one of the questions examined by the project Arctic Impact on Weather and Climate (Blue Action).
The Nenets live in the underpopulated and underdeveloped tundra near the Russian Arctic. What can they and other inhabitants of the Arctic expect from the incipient exploitation of the region’s mineral resources? That’s just one of the questions examined by the project Arctic Impact on Weather and Climate (Blue Action). Oldag Caspar

Headline: Arctic Impact on Weather and Climate (Blue Action)

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In the coming years the continuing decline of Arctic sea ice could make the exploitation of the region’s enormous oil and gas reserves feasible, create new shipping routes, and provide access to previously untouched fishing grounds. But how will this transformation and the warming of the Arctic affect weather and climate across the Northern Hemisphere? A case study spanning three oil and gas exploration sites in the Russian Arctic will analyse the social, economic, and ecological impacts of these changes on local populations and their implications for Europe. What opportunities and risks does development present? And how will the transformation of the Arctic affect European and international interests? This project contributes to the IASS project Global Change and Arctic Sustainable Transformations.

The warming of the Arctic could lead to greater exploitation of its mineral and other resources. Increased activity in the region is an early indication of this. What are the hopes and fears of local Arctic populations in this respect? And what effects do these activities have on the weather and the climate of the entire Northern Hemisphere? To answer these questions, the project supplements scientific insights from climate and weather research with the knowledge of interest groups with a stake in the region.

Case study on oil and gas production in the Arctic

A case study spanning three oil and gas exploration sites in the Russian Arctic will analyse the social, economic, and ecological impacts of these changes on local populations and their implications for Europe. As well as investigating the opportunities and risks of this development, it will explore the extent to which the transformation of the Arctic is determined by European and international processes and actors. The researchers hope to gain insights into and comparative data on the effects of Arctic transformation processes. The results of our work will be used in workshops with stakeholders to see how different scenarios might play out.

Providing climate services for research

The project also aims to make its findings available to other projects as climate services, i.e. in the form of reliable climate information. In addition, it seeks to clarify the precise relationships and responsibilities of actors within and outside the Arctic region in order to ensure better governance of sustainable transformations in the Arctic. This project contributes to the IASS project Global Change and Arctic Sustainable Transformations.