1 - Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) coordinator

Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center is a non-profit research center affiliated with the University of Bergen, with focus on marine and Arctic science. NERSC is a project-based center with major funding from the European Union research programmes, Norwegian Research Council, the European Space Agency, the Norwegian Space Center, industry and other governmental and international agencies. Since 2012 the Nansen Center is a national environmental research institute and receives basic funding from the Ministry of Climate and Environment through the Research Council of Norway. As a national environmental research institute the Center has strengthened the expertise within studies of regional climate change and studies of the oceans and sea ice in the Arctic. Research activities include satellite remote sensing, ocean acoustics and development of information systems where observational data are integrated with models and disseminated to users. Satellite methods and monitoring systems are developed for sea ice, icebergs and ocean variables. Acoustic methods used are ocean acoustic tomography and passive listening of ambient noise with focus on the Arctic region. 

NERSC roles in CAPARDUS  includes: 1) Prof. Stein Sandven  leads the coordination and management (WP9), 2) P. Pulsifer leads the establishment of Comprehensive Framework Model for Arctic Standards and Practices (WP1), 3) Lisbeth Iversen leads the case studies in Svalbard, 4) Hanne Sagen leads the synthesis and requirement (WP7) and 5) Stein Sandven leads communication and outreach (WP8)

Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum fur Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI)

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The Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research is one of the national research centres of the Helmholtz Society in Germany. It has an annual budget of more than 150 million Euros and a staff of more than 1200 employees. The Institute is primarily active in the cold and temperate regions of the world. Working together with numerous national and international partners, we are actively involved in unravelling the complex processes at work in the Earth System. The institute, founded in 1980, is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Education, Science, Research and Technology (BMBF) and several German states (Länder).

Pier Luigi Buttigieg,  AWI, is leader of WP6, which will design and prototype an Arctic Common Practices System (ACPS) to better manage and integrate guides, standard operating procedures, and related methodological documents from a wide range of Arctic stakeholders. Input for this design will be acquired through AWI’s participation in WP2-WP5 activities. They will also contribute recommendations to WP4 regarding the development of an ACPS alongside the outcomes of other work packages.

Hokkaido University, Arctic Researh Centre


The Arctic Research Center (ARC-HU) is a Hokkaido University-affiliated research center with a focus on Arctic science. Our aim is to generate solutions to global problems through comprehensive and integrated research on the sustainable development and the conservation of the Arctic. For that purpose, our center gathers researchers of all fields in Hokkaido University, from natural sciences to human and social sciences, to foster cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research as well as exploratory studies.

ARC-HU role includes: 1) coordination and contribution of  Hokkaido University to the workshops and research schools in the project.  This is based on the long experience of Prof. Sei-Ichi Saitoh coordinating MEXT and other Arctic projects, 2) lead the summer school in Hokkaido University based on the experience of Professor Yasushi Fukamachi and Atsuko Sugimoto.

IEEE France Section

Logo IEEEThe IEEE France Section is an IEEE non-profit corporation registered in France in 1967. It has more than 3000 members with many links to both industry and universities. It has experts and experience in oceanic engineering, sensors, systems best practices and standards. Globally, IEEE is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology with more than 400,000 members in over 162 countries; The IEEE is a major international standards organization with over 900 active IEEE standards, IEEE has played an active role in GEO and GEOSS through management and contributions to architecture and interoperability development.

IEEE will contribute to CAPARDUS in the area of standards and best practices, with responsibility for work package 3: Evolution of Arctic Best Practices. IEEE will also contribute to the workshops/research schools under the case studies (WP2-WP5) and to prepare the recommendations for Arctic operations (WP6).

Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland (UoG)

Logo UoGIlisimatusarfik, University of Greenland (UoG), is an academic institution of graduate and post-graduate studies and research located in Nuuk, Greenland. Ilsimatusarfik is one of the smallest universities in the Arctic but has grown steadily since it was founded in 1984 and now consists of four institutes (Institute of Language, Culture and History; Institute of Social Science, Economics and Journalism; Institute of Learning; and Institute of Nursing and Health Science. Furthermore UoG has established a PhD-school. UoG has since January 1, 2010 been part of the ERASMUS University Charter. As of January 1, 2019 almost 800 Greenland full-time students and a growing number of international students are matriculated at UoG and14 PhD-students and 4 postdocs are enrolled. UoG has an annual budget of roughly € 12 million and has more than 100 employees of which 80 are educators and researchers. 

UoG will contribute to CAPARDUS with experience in conducting research in the diverse parts of Greenland with a large variety of stakeholders including local residents. UoG will further contribute to the research schools and workshops described under the case studies in Greenland. UoG will host the workshop held in Nuuk and facilitate and organize dialgue meetings.

Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NIERSC)


NIERSC was established in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1992 as a non-profit joint venture encompassing Russia, Norway and Germany, and reorganized as a Scientific Foundation in 2001. NIERSC vision is to understand, monitor and predict climate and environmental changes in the high northern latitudes for serving the society with a special focus on the Russian High North. Together with its founders, Nansen Centre, Bergen, Norway, and Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany, NIERSC was elected the 2005 EU Descartes Prize Laureate in the Earth Sciences for the attainments achieved during more than 10 years of joint climate research activities under the project “Climate and Environmental Change in the Arctic – CECA”. NIERSC is a member of the Global Climate Forum (GCF) and the Arctic Regional Ocean Observing System (Arctic ROOS). NIERSC expertise covers climate and environmental change in the Arctic, polar marine ecosystems, satellite remote sensing of the atmosphere, marine environment, sea and land ice, and socioeconomic impact of climate change. Apart from research, NIERSC is also involved in educational activities at postgraduate level performed under the NANSEN Fellowship Program.

NIERSC ended its participation in the project in 2022 as a result of the changed workplan of WP4.

Nordic Agency for Development and Ecology (NORDECO)

Logo NORDECONordic Agency for Development and Ecology / Nordisk Fond for Miljø og Udvikling (NORDECO) is an inter-disciplinary organization aimed at developing and applying natural and social science to real-world development challenges. NORDECO develops tools and methods, carries out research, connects persons and institutions, builds capacity, and supports interventions on the ground. Founded in 1991, NORDECO has the declared goal of supporting local, innovative conservation and development initiatives in remote communities. Globally, NORDECO has spearheaded the development of bottom-up approaches to natural resource monitoring and management, where local people or local government staff are directly involved in data collection and interpretation, and where monitoring is linked to the decisions of local people,using methods that are simple, cheap and require few resources. Such approaches can help generate transparency, accountability and local ownership in sustainable natural resource management initiatives. NORDECO is coordinating the international Monitoring Matters Network, which involves researchers and practitioners from universities, community-based and non-governmental organizations, and government agencies (www.monitoringmatters.org). The research publications by NORDECO on community-based observing systems are among the most cited in their field and have contributed to changes in national and international policies. NORDECO is registered in Greenland/Denmark as a social enterprise (SME) with headquarters in Copenhagen.

NORDECO's role in CAPARDUS is to lead the case studies in Greenland (WP2, Arctic Russia (WP4 and the USA (WP5). In addition, NORDECO will contribute to developing data management standards (WP1), co-designing Arctic Common Practices System (WP6), and undertaking outreach and capacity development (WP8).

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)

Logo NINAThe Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) is an independent non-profit research foundation mainly (80%) financed by external funding obtained on a competitive basis and working in the domain of natural science, emphasizing the interaction between society, natural resources and biodiversity. The institute employs a staff of approximately 250 and offers broad-based experience in interdisciplinary issues involving ecologists and social scientists, and professional communication/dissemination with and to stakeholders ranging from individuals and local groups to European and world intergovernmental organisations.

NINA will contribute to CAPARDUS with experience in developing spatially explicit decision-support tools such as Bayesian Belief Network (BBN) models, and with research at the social-ecological interphase in natural resource management and monitoring. NINA will contribute to the research school and workshops described under the case study in WP2.1 and to the preparation of recommendations in WP7.

University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Logo UCPH  The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is Denmark’s largest University spanning a wide range of disciplines and educations. The university has approximately 10.000 full-time employees and currently enrols more than 40.000 full-time students of which 3.000 are PhD students. Researchers from UCPH involved in CAPARDUS are employed in the Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) under the Faculty of Science. IFRO works within the fields of environment, natural resources, global development, food and agriculture as well as consumption, bioethics and governance. The department has considerable experience with scientific projects on natural resource management and monitoring in Greenland and has recently developed a course in Applied Economics of Arctic Natural Resources that will be taught in Nuuk, Greenland, starting October 2019.

UCPH will contribute to CAPARDUS with experience in developing Bayesian Belief Network (BBN) models and with many years of experience from research at the social-ecological interphase in natural resource management and monitoring, including participatory approaches to these. UCPH will contribute to the research school and workshops described under the case study in WP2.1 and to the preparation of recommendations in WP7.