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Publication of the UKAAP ‘United Kingdom and Arctic Science’ document

The UK Arctic and Antarctic Partnership (UKAAP) have launched a new short document ‘The United Kingdom and Arctic Science’. 


The NERC Arctic Office were very pleased to have been asked to work with UKAAP in developing this new short document and  see this as an important opportunity for the NERC Arctic Office to support the full range of UK Arctic research. The publication will be used internationally and in the UK to promote the strength and ambition of this vibrant research community and hope you will find it equally useful. 


In launching the document, Prof. Julian Dowdeswell, the Chair of UKAAP said: “We have a very strong story to tell on the United Kingdom's involvement at the leading edge of Arctic science. We have some of the best scientists, universities and research centres in the world; a diverse range of assets and infrastructure; and the appetite and skills to form excellent international partnerships. The commitment from the whole of the UK community to high-quality, independent research, with strong impact, is clear.  


In the UK Arctic and Antarctic Partnership (UKAAP), we have the privilege and responsibility to be a strong and committed voice for the polar research community. There is much to champion, but also more that, as a community, we can contribute to help tackle the most pressing Arctic questions. I saw that potential at first hand last week, when accompanying the Science Minister Jo Johnson MP to the White House Arctic Science Ministerial meeting in Washington DC. We all know that the scale of the challenge in understanding and responding to the pace of change in the Arctic requires a truly globalised effort.  


So for all of these reasons I am very pleased to launch this document 'The United Kingdom and Arctic Science' which offers our vision for the Arctic research community, the reasons why we must continue to engage and the principles we think will help to build on our collective success. We do not offer it as a prescriptive manifesto, but as a way of promoting and demonstrating many of the shared values and joint aspirations of what we all know is such a vibrant and powerful network.  


Please share and promote this document widely, and to use it with both existing and potential international partners in demonstrating the growing cohesiveness and strong values of our Arctic research community.” Prof. Julian Dowdeswell, Chair UKAAP, Director, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge.

Kind regards,
NERC Arctic Office

The United Kingdom and Arctic Science document can be downloaded here

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