The Arctic climate is changing at a rate, which takes many people – including climate scientists – by surprise. The ongoing and anticipated changes provide vast economic opportunities; but at the same time they pose significant threats to the environment.

ECRA aims to advance Arctic climate research for the benefit of society by raising awareness of key scientific challenges, carrying out coordinated research activities using existing resources, and writing joint proposals to secure external funding for coordinated, cutting edge European polar research and education projects. Arctic ECRA is a network of climate research institutions from different European countries and provides a breadth of expertise including theory, observations, modelling, operational forecasting and logistics. Arctic ECRA is open to new participants: Become a member.

 Key Topics

CP Arctic Picture1Why is Arctic sea ice disappearing so rapidly?



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What are the local and global impacts of Arctic climate change?



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How to advance environmental prediction capabilities for the Arctic and beyond?





Arctic ECRA has organised three Workshops as well as one Policy Briefing at the European Parliament so far. For further information on the Workshops, please follow this link.



Arctic ECRA published its Strategy and Work Plan in 2014 that outlines the key research topics to be addressed under this Collaborative Programme as well as strategies to achieve those goals and implementation mechanisms. It is available for download at this link.

A Factsheet presenting key Arctic issues as well as recommendations for research priorities in H2020 and beyond was prepared for ECRA’s General Assembly 2017. It is available for download at this link.


This Collaborative Programme is coordinated by

Lars H. Smedsrud, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, NO; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Professor, Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen
part of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research  (


Arctic ECRA is currently seeking a new coordinator, and current activities are limited. Much of the coordination that Arctic ECRA used to do is currently taking place within EU-PolarNet (
If you would like to participate in coordinating Arctic ECRA please contact the ECRA secretariat.

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