The project “iCUPE - integrative and Comprehensive Understanding on Polar Environments“ is motivated by the fact that the role of polar regions will increase in terms of megatrends such as globalization, new transport routes, demography and use of natural resources. These megatrends have environmental effects and will drastically affect e.g. regional and transported pollutant concentrations. Overall, land and ocean areas located in the polar latitudes are undergoing and will undergo substantial changes due to increased anthropogenic activities during the next 40 years. As a consequence, the polar areas face interconnected grand challenges. The iCUPE project answers to ”European network for observing our changing planet” (ERAPLANET) thematic strand 4 (Polar areas and natural resources). By combining integrated in-situ and satellite EO with a modelling platform, iCUPE will 1) synthesize data from comprehensive long-term measurements, intensive campaigns and satellites, collected during the project or provided by on-going international initiatives 2) relate the observed parameters to impacts, and 3) deliver novel data products, metrics and indicators to the stakeholders concerning the environmental status, availability and extraction of natural resources in the polar areas. These data, metrics and indicators will be targeted to identified stakeholders. They will be useful for policy development and for improving and clearly communicating our multidisciplinary understanding of status of the polar environment and pollution dynamics in the future. The knowledge generated is relevant to the general population, policy makers and scientists.
DURATION: 1/9/2017 - 31/8/2020
NUMBER OF PARTNERS: 13
PARTNERS: UHEL (CO), CNR, AU, AWI, CNRS, EULS, FMI, GFZ, HZG, NCSR, PSI, TROPOS, SU
PROJECT COORDINATOR: Tuukka Petäjä, HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO, Finland, Helsinki
This project has received funding under H2020-SC5-15-2015 “Strengthening the European Research Area in the domain of Earth Observation”
Type of action: ERA-NET-Cofund Grant
Grant Agreement No. 689443