Aim of CNR research activities in the Arctic is to improve the understanding, through field observations and modeling, of the key processes governing the climate system in order to reduce the uncertainties in the projections and forecasts of future scenarios, and their consequences on Arctic ecosystems. Such researches focus on the processes responsible for the Arctic Amplification phenomenon, and how changes in the Arctic climate system can influence climate in Europe and in Mediterranean area.

Research activities cover a very wide spectrum of disciplines and topics, from atmospheric physics and chemistry, to upper atmosphere and space weather, from oceanography (in the fjord and open ocean) to carbon cycle and marine biology, from geology to permafrost, from snow to terrestrial ecosystem most of them referring also to the past to investigate antropocene.

Main gateway for CNR and Italian research in the Arctic is the Italian Arctic Station Dirigibile Italia and the annexed observation platforms. Research activities in Ny-Ålesund actively contribute to the four Flagship Programs for Ny-Ålesund. Scientific activity is currently carried out through over 30 research projects based on long - term, continuous or regular intervals or seasonal campaigns. Several of them are carried out in the frame of the Climate Change Tower - Integrated Project (CCT-IP).

RESEARCH TOPICS

Processes in the low atmosphere

Soil, permafrost and geology

Glaciology, snow and ice

Terrestrial ecosystem and biodiversity

Oceanographic and marine research

Marine biology and biodiversity

ICT and technological innovation

Sun-Earth relations and high atmosphere

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