ARCTOS strategy 2014-2023

The ARCTOS network today:

ARCTOS is a research network that combines the expertise of north Norwegian and international institutions to achieve an integrated view of Arctic ecosystems, both locally, and with a view across the Arctic.

Investigations of biological, physical, and chemical drivers provide a holistic approach to marine ecosystems and across the food chain. In this way we address critical scientific and management questions related to biodiversity, ecological processes, impacts of climate change, human-induced and natural variability, system sensitivity and resilience.

State-of-the-art research tools, modeling platforms scaled to a variety of levels and processes, and modern infrastructure provide a strong foundation for basic research and student training.

ARCTOS has grown considerably since its founding in 2002. It is now nationally and internationally recognized in the science community, as well as in industry circles, as a source of high-quality basic and applied research in Arctic marine ecology.

During the next ten-year period, our main ambitions for ARCTOS are that:

  • ARCTOS will be a world-leading network for marine research connected to the marginal ice zone and other habitats unique to the Arctic.
  • ARCTOS shall be recognized internationally for its excellence in Arctic marine ecosystem research, providing a holistic insight into the future ecosystem processes.
  • ARCTOS will become an international focal point for education, training, and integration across the pan-Arctic domain, and an important contributor of knowledge for environmental management of the Arctic.
  • ARCTOS will achieve a Centre of Excellence and one new National PhD School network.