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Arctic Checkpoint

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The EMODNET Arctic Sea-basin Checkpoint is a sea-basin monitoring system assessment activity aiming to support sustainable growth in the blue economy by assessing the potential of current marine observation and data services to address targeted end-user applications in the Arctic.


The objective of the project is to examine the current data collection, observation, surveying, sampling and data assembly programmes in the Arctic sea basin, analyse how they can be optimised and deliver the findings through this internet portal.


Geographic coverage

The Arctic Ocean includes the following water bodies: Baffin Bay, Barents Sea, Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea, East Siberian Sea, Greenland Sea, Hudson Bay, Hudson Strait, Kara Sea, Laptev Sea, Northwest Passage, and other tributary water bodies.


Approach and Challenges

The approach will demonstrate whether current Arctic data is fit-for-purpose in eleven marine and maritime challenge areas. Data obtained from a variety of sources will be assessed on the basis of availability, accessibility, uncertainty and adequacy. The eleven challenges are:

  • Windfarm Siting
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Oil Platform Leaks
  • Climate change
  • Coastal protection
  • Fishery Management
  • Fishing Impacts
  • Eutrophication
  • Riverine Inputs
  • Bathymetry
  • Alien Species

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The project runs from 2015-2018.

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Total no. of Partners: 4