The final report on the AMAP/EU-PolarNet Stakeholder Workshop on Research Needs on Arctic Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services, Riga, Latvia, 20 September 2017 has been released.

Based on the presentations and discussions at the AMAP/EU-PolarNet Stakeholder Workshop on
Research Needs on Arctic Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services, a number of priority research needs
were identified, including:

  • Multidisciplinary, decadal-long research programs in the seasonal ice zone
  • Process studies
  • Conceptual frameworks of how Arctic ecosystems could evolve in the coming years
  • Development is needed of new technologies
  • Coordinated measurements are needed of key properties and processes
  • Comprehensive all-year network of monitoring stations
  • Investigation of the effects of increasing amounts of freshwater in Arctic Ocean surface
    waters on, for example, circulation
  • Investigation of the effects of Arctic Ocean acidification on marine organisms
  • Analysis of species composition and fish stocks in the marine areas currently accessible, both pelagic and benthic, as a basis for long-term monitoring programs for key species and ecosystems
  • Screening for new chemicals arriving in the Arctic via long-range transport
  • Studies of the distribution and effects of plastics and microplastics in Arctic ecosystems
  • Synthesizing historical baseline information to better understand how climate-related environmental shifts will influence ecosystem structure and function in the future

The Executive Summary and full report are available for download here.