Goal 6. Enhance International Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic



Motivation

Increasing demands for information and interdisciplinary research results, while research budgets are flat or declining, create a dilemma for Arctic states and stakeholders. Enhanced international cooperation can build synergies between national programs and create efficiencies for the best use of limited resources to address Arctic scientific challenges that often extend beyond the jurisdiction of any one nation.

Recommendations

  • During the US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the United States should encourage development of agreements that advance international scientific cooperation, including long-term observation and monitoring, and fulfill demands for information and synthesis from interdisciplinary research.
  • As part of this initiative, the United States should pursue a formal agreement among governments for scientific cooperation in the Arctic Ocean. Such an agreement should establish a durable institutional structure to enhance and promote international scientific cooperation. This institutional arrangement could be modeled after ICES (the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) or PICES (the Pacific ICES) but, unlike these two organizations, should be focused solely on the Arctic.
  • In addition, the United States should pursue opportunities to strengthen research cooperation along our borders with the Russian Federation and Canada, including ecosystem-level marine research and long-term monitoring.