Nominations are now open for the 2023 Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award. The goal is to further the development of new ideas that could contribute materially to preventing, mitigating, adapting, and reversing the effects of climate change in the Arctic.
The Arctic Academic Action Award provides high-level recognition for innovative ideas that aspire to transform knowledge into action to help address the causes and impacts of climate change in the Arctic. Through this award it is hoped to bring together potential concepts preventing, mitigating, adapting, and reversing Arctic climate change. The cohort of award recipients will form a powerful group of leaders whose ideas will be fostered to develop and implement meaningful solutions and projects to address Arctic climate change.
Nominees should propose creative ideas that are action- and results-oriented and at an early stage of development. These ideas should nevertheless be grounded in academic research and scholarship, while also, where appropriate, giving due regard to the knowledge practices of Arctic residents, including Indigenous peoples. Nominations should describe an action that addresses the causes or impacts of climate change on the Arctic region. Ideas can be broad in scope, or geared toward local issues but could have results scalable to the entire Arctic region, and potentially beyond. We are looking for bright new ideas from people/groups with a demonstrable drive to see something achievable happen, and in the near future.
The recipient(s) will be announced at the Arctic Circle Assembly in October in Reykjavík, Iceland followed by a special reception. 100,000 Euro of unrestricted funds are provided to the awardee to help facilitate the development of ideas and increase impact through outreach, engagement and communication.
Past recipients include:
PermaMeteoCommunity: The idea is to develop an advanced permafrost and meteorological climate change response system based on real-time environmental data in order to build resilience and safety in Arctic communities. Marius O. Jonassen and Hanne H. Christiansen, recipients.
SmartICE: The idea is a data acquisition and monitoring tool that contributes to more informed decisions for safer sea ice travel in local communities and supports community economic development such as outfitting and fisheries. Trevor Bell, recipient.
The Arctic Academic Action Award is a joint activity of UArctic and the Arctic Circle.