Convener: Dieter Piepenburg, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

 

Environmental changes, such as ocean warming and acidification, as well as sea-ice decline, are significantly affecting Arctic marine systems at variable scales in space and time. Increasing human activities, such as resource exploration/exploitation, ship traffic, and tourism, add further pressures. Substantial effects on marine biota from sea surface to seafloor are expected, leading to shifts in all ecosystem functions and services.

The session aims to provide a forum for (i) reviewing ongoing/planned efforts of developing information systems for both scientific and non-scientific users, (ii) pinpointing fields/opportunities of international and transdisciplinary collaboration in such efforts, (iii) showcasing advantages and possible applications, (iv) discussing technical aspects of publicly accessible information systems, (v) exploring implications for the development of appropriate ecosystem-based management measures and identifying priority decision-making issues that are at the interface of science and environmental management, and (vi) identifying priority issues (technical, legal, etc.) to be solved yet. The session will demonstrate the huge benefits of promoting international pan-Arctic data-integration efforts and developing publicly accessible information systems for education and outreach purposes.