The Alfred Wegener Institute, together with 42 other partner institutions from 17 countries, is coordinating the four-year, 15 million research project Arctic PASSION (Pan-Arctic Observing System of Systems: Implementing Observations for Societal Needs).

Arctic PASSION is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project that aims to create and implement an Arctic observing system that addresses the urgent needs of people living in the Arctic and that is relevant to the global society.

The Arctic Observing System will monitor environmental changes in the Arctic, reduce uncertainty in predictions of future changes, and support risk assessment and mitigation and adaptation actions. The high-quality Earth observation information will be easy accessible and serves as the basis for fact-based economic, policy, investment, and management decisions - decisions for a safe and sustainable Arctic.

To achieve this, Arctic PASSION brings together research teams, local and indigenous populations, business and policy advocacy groups, and other Arctic and European stakeholders. Learning from each other and collecting and sharing knowledge will allow us to take the next step towards sustainable development in the Arctic and at the European level.  

Together with an international team from the science/policy interface, the Arctic Office promotes dialogue with local and international (policy) decision makers. The aim is to learn about needs and requirements in a bilateral dialogue in order to take them into account in our project activities and measures, while in turn disseminating the knowledge gained about environmental changes in the Arctic to decision makers. 

A detailed article from AWI on the Arctic PASSION project can be found at the following link:

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15 October 2022, Reykjavik, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre

In cooperation with the Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNÍS) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the German Arctic Office co-organized a session on funding international Arctic science at the Arctic Circle conference in Reykjavík/Iceland on the 15 October 2022.