In the Arctic Ocean, the collection of environmental data is still very limited due to the difficulty in accessing ice-covered waters. However, there is an urgent need for more data.
Enhanced data coverage would benefit both the science community and the Arctic marine industry. It would help to deepen the understanding of the wide range of processes behind the changes in the Arctic. This data is also needed for better weather and ice forecasting models and risk assessment studies, and thus a key to improved safety and sustainability of all the operations in the Arctic Ocean.

ARICE has been featured in an article from RESEARCHconnect on International Research Mobility, "Breaking the Ice with International Research Mobility" presented at the EARMA Conference in Brussels, 16-18 April 2018 (

The "ARICE - Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium" Kick-off meeting was held at the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven, 6th to 7th of February 2018 and brought together 45 participants, representing all fifteen partner institutions from Europe, Canada and the USA, as well as key cooperation partners. The two-day meeting allowed work package leads to give an overview of the tasks ahead and fostered constructive discussions to pave the way towards a fruitful collaboration across borders. The ARICE consortium thus emerged eager to join efforts towards providing researchers with improved access to Research Icebreakers.

ARICE kick-off press release

Making the Arctic accessible for excellent science

EU funds an Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium, which will provide researchers with improved access to research icebreakers.

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