In the last five years, NERC has funded two major Arctic research programmes.

NERC Arctic Research Programme

The NERC Arctic Research Programme (2010 to 2016) incorporated nine research projects looking to address four main questions:

  1. What is causing the rapid changes in the Arctic at the moment?
  2. What are the processes influencing the release of greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide – and how much of these gases could enter the atmosphere in future?
  3. How can we improve our predictions of what will happen to the climate in the Arctic and the amounts of greenhouse gases released in the future?
  4. Are the risks of natural hazards in the Arctic region increasing as a result of regional warming and what are the threats posed to the UK?

A Key findings document highlighting some of the main results from the nine projects is now available, along with a policy report, written by University of Southampton in collaboration with ARP researchers.

NERC Changing Arctic Ocean Programme

The current NERC programme is called the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean programme: Implications for biology and biogeochemistry. This £16 million, five-year programme will run from 2017 to 2022 with the aim of understanding how change in the physical environment (ice and ocean) will affect the large-scale ecosystem structure and biogeochemical functioning of the Arctic Ocean, the potential major impacts and provide projections for future ecosystem services.