The polar oceans are potentially the most vulnerable to current and future global environmental changes on our planet, where small shifts may trigger unknown and irreversible responses affecting the whole ecosystem. Compared to the other areas on Earth, the available figures show that polar regions will face some of the most dramatic changes, such as unprecedented rise in temperatures.

Many nations have a particular interest in understanding the Arctic environment with its potential for change because highly industrialized countries reach into high northern latitudes. Europe, North Asia and North America are under the steady influence of and in exchange with the Arctic environment. In addition, considerable living and non-living resources are found in the Arctic ocean, its deep-sea basins and their adjacent continental margins.




The Project ERICON- AURORA BOREALIS is supported by the European Commission under Framework Programme 7 Contract ERAC 211796.

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