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Mapping Arctic Research in Iceland

The report Mapping Arctic Research in Iceland has been published in cooperation between The Icelandic Centre for Research, Stefansson Arctic Institute and the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network.

In the report's prologue the director of Rannis, Hallgrímur Jónasson states "In these uncertain times of warming climate, the Arctic Region is becoming even more important for the global community. The ice cover of the Arctic, the temperatures and currents in the Arctic Ocean have a huge impact on the climate and weather in the lower latitudes. Iceland is an integrated part of the Arctic region where approximately 4 million inhabitants live. For those living in the Arctic, research on the region is a priority in order to understand the changes which are occurring and what they might expect in the future.

The report seeks to provide an overview of the main actors having a role in Icelandic policy and coordination on Arctic research and international cooperation. Next it presents a profile of the main performers of Arctic research in Iceland, namely universities, research institutes, agencies, companies and infrastructures. This is followed by an analysis of those domestic and international competitive funds which are supporting Arctic research. Finally, the report describes selected international Arctic research projects with Icelandic participation and platforms that serve Arctic issues which are often relevant to Arctic research."

Arctic Portal is frequently mentioned and referred to in the report as it has been an active partner in Arctic research, data management and outreach, locally and internationally, from its formal establishment back in 2006.

The scope of Arctic research in Iceland has been increasing during the past decade and the amount of grants allocated to Arctic research projects has risen. This report contains an overview of governance of Arctic policy in Iceland and a profile of Arctic research performers, such as universities, institutes, companies and infrastructure. An analysis of both domestic and international funds supporting Arctic research is the main content of the report. Both domestic and international funds were examined, however the main focus was on the Icelandic Research Fund and EU Horizon 2020. Selected Arctic research projects with Icelandic participation and international platforms that serve Arctic-related issues are described.

The full report

Source: Rannis