WP1 objectives:

  1. Develop a framework that first, through a systematic review process, identifies existing Arctic standards of importance for Arctic operators and communities. 
  2. As part of the framework development, create a model that identifies and describes key relationships and creates links between and among different standards and links with other relevant entities (e.g. legislation, academic bodies of knowledge).
  3. Engage with arctic communities of practice and relevant organisations to co-develop the Comprehensive Framework Model

WP-leader and co-leader: Peter Pulsifer and Torill Hamre (NERSC)

In WP1 we will review existing standards, engage in the case studies in WP2-WP5 to support the development of the Comprehensive Framework Model (CFM), and make the CFM compatible with the Arctic Common Practice System (ACPS) in WP6

WP1 tasks

  • Task 1.1: Prepare a scoping document for CAPARDUS
  • Task 1.2: Systematic review of standards
  • Task 1.3: Develop a comprehensive framework model of Arctic standards
  • Task 1.4: Engage with Arctic communities to co-develop the comprehensive framework
  • Task 1.5: Coordination with other groups working with standardisation
  • Task 1.6: Review of technologies and services supporting socital and economic benefit with and beyond the Arctic

WP2 objectives:

  1. Establish dialogue and collaboration with actors in Greenland related to development of guidelines and standards,
  2. Organize a workshop on natural resource management in Greenland, and
  3. Organize a research school on digital technologies and development of standards guidelines related to CBM programs and resources management.


WP2-leader: Finn Danielsen (NORDECO)

Work in WP2 will address resource management in Greenland, which is one of the major challenges in development of sustainable communities. Management for sustainable resource exploitation builds on ecosystem knowledge obtained through environmental monitoring, and on advanced methods for estimating the climate-driven changes in stocks. In this work we address how community-based monitoring can be strengthened through use of new technologies and improved standards. The case study will review the community-based monitoring (CBM) systems in Greenland and use these to develop draft guidelines and standard for CBMs. With assistance from INTAROS, Greenland Ministry of Fisheries has, with many partners, developed an observing system, PISUNA, which will be used in the review (

WP2 tasks:

  • Task 2.1 Dialogue with Greenland actors
  • Task 2.2 Workshop with focus on resource management in Greenland
  • Task 2.3 Research school on technologies for sustainable development in Greenland

WP3 objectives:

  1. Continue dialogue and collaboration with actors in Svalbard related to development of guidelines and standards,
  2. Organize a research school on Arctic shipping, and
  3. Organise a workshop with focus on risk and safety for the local communities in Svalbard.

WP3-leader and co-leader: Lisbeth Iversen and Stein Sandven (NERSC)

Work in WP3 will address development of guidelines and standards related to providing data and technologies for the safety of inhabitants and tourists as well as for marine activities in the area around Svalbard.  The main challenge in Svalbard is to adapt infrastructure and operations to the effect of climate change and to the transition from a mining town to a modern and diverse society.   The Longyearbyen area has state-of-the-art mobile network and internet services with broadband communication locally and with the outside world. This makes it possible to have access to the same digital series as on mainland Norway. This is not the case elsewhere in Svalbard area. The lack of communication is one of the main challenges in the Arctic. The outcome of the case study will contribute to framework and standard development in WP1 and give input to WP6 and WP7.  

WP3 tasks:

  • Task 3.1: Dialogue meetings with governance and local community actors in Longyearbyen
  • Task 3.2 Workshop on Arctic hazards and impact on the local community
  • Task 3.3 Research school on Arctic shipping

WP4 objectives:

  1. Establish dialogue and collaboration with actors in Arctic Russia related to development of guidelines and standards, and
  2. Organize two workshops. The first workshop is on traditional knowledge and preparation of input to a digital platform in Sakha Yakutia. The second workshop has focus on the impact of the Yamal LNG industry project on environment and society.


WP4 leader and co-leader: Finn Danielsen (NORDECO) and Rodeon Sulyandziga (CSIPN)

Work in WP4 will address Indigenous peoples in Arctic Russia occupying vast territories of tundra and taiga. A large proportion of the population is directly or indirectly dependent on the use of natural resources. Fishing, hunting, reindeer herding and wild foods are important for their livelihoods. Global changes in climate have resulted in changes in the extent of ice and precipitation, with negative impacts on the Indigenous peoples. Other threats come from private sector development, particularly the large-scale development of oil and gas, mining, fishing and forestry concessions. 

WP4 tasks

  • Task 4.1: Dialogue with local communities, authorities and other actors
  • Task 4.2: Workshop on capacity building and development of standards
  • Task 4.3: Workshop on impact of the Yamal LNG project on economy, environment and societies

WP5 objectives:

The main objective is to conduct community visits and interviews to develop a concept map of how coastal community observing programs currently produce and share information on coastal sea ice and permafrost thaw hazards. A follow-up workshop with stakeholders and information users will explore how standardization and technologies might improve information flow and facilitate broader data use by stakeholders

WP5 leader and co-leader: Finn Danielsen (NORDECO) and Olivia Lee (IARC/UAF)

This case study would focus primarily on sea ice information as it relates to infrastructure risk, but will also explore overlap in information needs to support safe travel on sea ice. The proposed activities will draw on information that came out of two North American workshops of community-based monitoring practitioners convened in 2017 under the INTAROS project (Fidel et al. 2017; Johnson et al. 2018). Those workshops brought together community-based monitoring practitioners to understand challenges and good practices in relation to CBM data collection, data management, and data use. One of the conclusions of those workshops was that there is a need for greater coordination of CBM data infrastructure, which requires attention to the decision contexts of users, including their information needs, priorities, capacities, and constraints. This case study will help to address this gap in terms of moving from community produced observations towards integrated observing systems co-produced with different data users at different governance levels, from community to State of Alaska to federal agencies, as well as researchers.

WP5 tasks

  • Task 5.1 Stakeholder and user interviews
  • Task 5.2 Workshop with information users

WP6 objectives:

  1. Identify which local and international standards and best practices are essential in each use case (coordinated with WP1)
  2. Co-design an Arctic Common Practices System (ACPS) suited to the needs of stakeholders across use cases, and also be able to integrate key standards needed to support practices of stakeholders
  3. Examine outcome of the ACPS design and produce a roadmap towards implementation

WP6 leader and co-leader: Pier Luigi Buttigieg (AWI) and Jay Pearlman (IEEE)

The Arctic Common Practices System (ACPS) will build on the UNESCO/IOC Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS;, which was implemented to address similar challenges in the marine domain. The OBPS is hosting a forward-facing best practice management system in tune with standards in global ocean observing (e.g. linked to the Essential Ocean Variables). A similar system for the Arctic will be broader, more interdisciplinary and target a wider group of users. In CAPARDUS, the ACPS will be designed from practices and methods of the local communities and other actors who will be involved in the project though the workshops and research schools (WP2-WP5). Education and training in ACPS will be provided as part of the workshops, presenting the method and providing hands-on exercises on how to design, build and use the system. Particular focus will be on how the communities want to develop and use the ACPS  for the benefit their people. 

WP6 tasks

  • Task 6.1: Formulate a basis for coordinating common practices and standards
  • Task 6.2: Refine the Arctic Common Practice system design
  • Task 6.3: Provide a roadmap towards implementation of an Arctic Common Practice System

WP7 objectives

The main objective is to synthesize the results from WP1 – WP6 into requirements and recommendations for sustainable development and safe operations in the Arctic according to the standards and guidelines identified in the project. 

WP7 leader and co-leader: Hanne Sagen and Stein Sandven (NERSC)

In this WP we will synthesize the results from WP1 to WP6. The work will be initiated and finalized through two workshops (mid-term and final). At the workshops CAPARDUS partners will discuss and formulate requirements and recommendations together with representatives from stakeholder groups, including the economic sectors and Indigenous organizations.  The synthesis will lead to a comprehensive framework as basis for development of future Arctic Standards addressing common challenges for communities and operators in the Arctic.

Development of Arctic standards and guidelines will need engagement, coordination and financial support at local, national and international level. To reach the level of implementation of an Arctic Standard targeting a specific area a roadmap needs to be formulated. In collaboration with stakeholders and funding agencies a template for such roadmaps will be developed.  The roadmap must contain elements of how to engage actors, which specific actions should be taken, and a cost plan, which require collaboration with investment funds and funding agencies. Such information is important for SMEs who plan start new and innovative activities.  The roadmap should also describe how standardisation continuum evolves from informal agreements to guidelines, standards, and in some cases to legislation.

Wp7 tasks

  • Task 7.1: Requirements and recommendations
  • Task 7.2: Roadmap for implementation of Arctic standards and guidelines



WP8 objectives:

To plan and implement dissemination, outreach and education activities based on the results from WP1 – WP7.

WP8 leader: Stein Sandven (NERSC)

WP8 tasks

  • Task 8.1: General and public outreach
  • Task 8.2: Communication with the European Commission, Arctic organisations and other international bodies
  • Task 8.3: Scientific promotion
  • Task 8.4: Education and capacity building

WP9 objectives

  1. Coordinate the scientific-technical and administrative work in the project
  2. Manage the project to ensure aims of the project are efficiently and effectively met, on time and with the resources budgeted and that knowledge and innovation are properly managed
  3. Provide effective reporting and communication within the project

WP9 leader and co-leader: Stein Sandven and Hanne Sagen (NERSC)

WP9 tasks

  • Task 9.1 Project coordination
  • Task 9.2 Project management
  • Task 9.3 Knowledge and innovation management