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High Impact


Viral photograph of Greenland Ice Melt

This photo was shared thousands of times on social media, has been used by media outlets worldwide, and has been designated one of the photos of the decade.

If you're interested in knowing more about the impact of the photograph, read our report here.

If you'd like to use the photograph for educational or outreach purposes, please get in touch.



The background

This photo was taken in Greenland by Steffen M. Olsen (DMI), the coordinator of Blue-Action. It was snapped on Thursday 13th June 2019 on sea ice in the middle of Inglefield Fjord. Steffen, the colleagues and the dogs are not on the ice sheet, dogs are running on sea ice flooded by surface melt water. Rapid melt and sea ice with low permeability and few cracks leaves the melt water on top.  The ice is around 1.2 m thick and that we have about 870 m water below us. Together with the local hunters we have been measuring also ice thickness from December to now. The photo illustrates a natural phenomenon as ice melts annually. However, these days were characterized by extreme and early melting rates on Greenland. The temperatures in Qaanaaq on 13 June 2019 were less than half a degrees from the record of June 30 2012, and obviously reached two weeks earlier.

Communities in Greenland rely on the sea ice for transport, hunting and fishing. Extreme events, here flooding of the ice by abrupt onset of surface melt call for an increased predictive capacity in the Arctic. Local hunters are however experienced with melt water flooding of the ice. This photo is more symbolic than scientific, but illustrates Arctic warming and in particular the expectation that weather will be more extreme in the future.


Feature on Climate Services on Arctic Issue of ECO Magazine

The Blue-Action team, Hannah Grist (SRSL) and Mark Payne (DTU Aqua) contributed an article on climate services to a special Arctic Issue of ECO Magazine, written for those working in marine environments. Read more about the importance of working with end-users to understand what science is needed to adapt to changing climates. "Climate Services: How Arctic Science can help up change with the climate


Article highlighting Blue-Action work by European Commission

Blue-Action has been highlighted by the European Commission for its work on understanding and predicting climate extremes. Read more here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/infocentre/article_en.cfm?artid=49906


Blog on fish forecasts on Polar Prediction Matters

Blue-Action's Mark Payne (DTU Aqua) tackles why we don't have fish forecasts and other questions about forecasting in a new blog for Polar Prediction Matters: Cloudy with Passing Schools of Tuna – Why Don’t We Have Forecasts of Fish?


Interview with Kathrin Keil (IASS) on Warming Arctic - Extreme Events in high North News

High North News interviews Kathrin Keil, Blue-Action WP5 co-leader on the warming Arctic, extreme events, joining multi-disciplinary forces and the importance of climate services.  Read the full article

Press releases

16 January 2018  "Scientists and stakeholders anticipate alternative futures for remote Russian Arctic region"

On December 8, 2017, Vladimir Putin visited the remote Yamal Peninsula Western Siberia to celebrate the launch of the extensive international Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. At the same time, a group of Russian and international scientists and stakeholders from science, media, non-governmental organizations and indigenous groups gathered in Moscow to discuss the development prospects of the same region, the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, as part of the “Yamal 2040” workshop series... Read more in the press release (PDF)

19 Jan 2017WOC Partners in Research on Impact of Arctic Changes

This press-release was launched at the opening of the first meeting of Blue-Action: read the full version of the WOC press release

12 December 2016, Climate-KIC,  'Blue-Action’ to help society cope with the impacts of dramatic Arctic climate changes

The Blue-Action project will seek to reach out to the private sector decision makers and actively engage with them to enhance response capacity to climate change challenges and foster transfer and use of project results via Climate-KIC, which will in turn boost economic growth. Climate-KIC is responsible for the Work Package 8 and will be in charge of communication and dissemination to a broad European business community including shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal), ports, dredging, cables and pipelines, carbon capture and storage, as well as the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities Read the full version of the CKIC press release


1 December 2016: Scientists take "blue-action" to help society cope with the impacts of dramatic Arctic climate changes

While the Arctic faces rapid warming and less sea ice currently covers the Arctic Ocean than ever before at this time of the year, an international partnership launches a major project to improve our detailed understanding of the processes and impacts of this changing climate and to construct better long-term forecast systems for the increasingly extreme weather of the Arctic and the wider northern hemisphere. Read the full press release: Blue-Action

28 October 2016, New projects to understand the Arctic region and its climate extremes

The European Commission is providing almost EUR 31 million for three new Arctic Blue Growth research projects.

The projects involve 85 organisations from a total of 22 countries with a high number of international partners including the US, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea. The main goal is to better understand the Arctic area and how it is influencing climate change. Optimising observation systems, designing tools to collect and integrate relevant data, and developing innovative approaches to predict weather and climate extremes are some of the objectives. Read the full release here.

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