Arctic Ocean ecosystems - Applied technology, Biological interactions and Consequences in an era of abrupt climate change (Arctic ABC)

Arctic ABC is a project that is aimed at developing, implementing and using new enabling technology to study ecosystem processes. Primarily, the study will be focused on the complex, yet poorly understood, interactions among the biosphere, hydrosphere and cryosphere.

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  • field work
  • remote sensing
  • modelling
  • long-term monitoring
  • data management
  • theoretical
  • education and outreach
  • sios


  • marine biology
  • cryosphere
  • oceanography
  • social sciences
  • technology and engineering

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  • biosphere / ecological dynamics / ecosystem functions
  • cryosphere / glaciers/ice sheets / ice sheets

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The project is based on three tightly-linked core modules: The Applied technology module focuses on data acquisition and autonomous observations in areas and habitats yet to be systematically and scientifically explored. Specifically, we will develop an under-ice-tethered observatories with real-time data transmission to be deployed for two full years in the Central Arctic Ocean. The Biological interactions module focuses on coupling processes between the sea-ice and the ocean, aimed at answering the fundamental question of whether species composition and production regimes in Arctic marine ecosystems will be permanently altered following a continued reduction of the Arctic ice cover. The Consequences module will explore and forecast possible consequences of reduced ice cover at increasing levels of complexity, ranging from individuals to populations up to the entire ecosystem and society at large and geopolitics.

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