The European Polar Consortium: Strategic Coordination and Networking of European Polar RTD Programmes

Polar research tackles some of the major concerns of society and it is, therefore, essential for Europe to benefit from an efficient advisory and policy support mechanism dealing with the Polar Regions. Until now cooperation between European countries occurred on a case-by-case basis depending on a specific scientific project. On the EPICA project for example, ten nations got together to recover the oldest ice in the world. The collaboration only lasted the duration of the project. Basic research in the polar regions is essential in terms of understanding climate change, the ozone layer, biodiversity and the ecosystems, but neighboring countries tend to know very little about what everyone is doing in terms of polar research. Cooperation is crucial since scientific research in the polar region requires expensive infrastructure, a lot of know-how and calls for taylor-made technologies and logistics. The European Polar Consortium is a coordination action funded under the ERA-NET priority. The consortium aims to deepen cooperation and levels of integration while bringing together Europe's assets in terms of vessels, aircrafts, infrastructures and human capital. The European Polar Consortium wants to develop the ability to advise the European Commission and Member States on emerging threats in the Polar Regions. We will address this issue through the establishment of a 'polar alert system'. Basic research in the Polar Regions is essential in terms of understanding climate change, the ozone layer, biodiversity and the ecosystems. A European polar organization will enable Europe to maximize and direct is critical mass at the global level.


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Specific Research and Demonstration Programme Aimed at Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area

    6th RTD Framework Programme
    European Union
    Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Project Managers:

    Egerton, Paul

  • Start Date: 20050301
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090228
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25424

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  • Accession Number: 01461633
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Knowledge Centre
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:49PM