Leads: Tero Mustonen, Snowchange and Johanna Roto, Snowchange
Kongsfjord, Spitzbergen. Photographer: Peter Prokosch

To excel in these difficult times communities, industry and governments need timely and unrestricted access to essential information services. But not all such services are available, or easily accessible to non-specialists. Following priorities established by Arctic Council, its Working Groups, the Arctic Science Ministerials, and the Arctic Observing Summit, we are developing eight Services (PS):

  • PS1: Arctic Service ‘Event Database of CBM Using Oral Histories, Indigenous Knowledge and Local Knowledge’
  • PS2: Pan-Arctic requirements-driven Permafrost Service
  • PS3: State of the Arctic Environment’ service
  • PS4: Integrated Fire Risk Management (INFRA)’ Service
  • PS5: Local Atmospheric Pollutant Forecast’ Service
  • PS6: Improving Safety for Shipping in the Polar Seas’ Service
  • PS7: CBM for Arctic marine climate change, noise pollution & impacts on marine living resources’
  • PS8: Lake Ice Service for Arctic Climate and Safety


Each Service has its own objectives, milestones and deliverables, but collectively they aim:

  • To establish user-demanded Services that have high societal and economic benefit
  • To ensure Services are developed and implemented through the co-creation approach
  • To safeguard user-relevance through a process of rolling reviews
  • To provide easy access through web-based portals information provided by these Services
  • To enhance sustainability through the production of a business model for each Service (with Work Package 5)

The Services (PS) will provide information in areas of societal and economic relevance that are presently inadequately served: food security (PS1, PS2, PS6, PS7), emergency preparedness (PS2, PS4, PS5, PS6, PS8), wildfire and pollution risk reduction (PS4, PS5, PS7), environmental change information (PS1, PS3, PS8), and infrastructure, transport, and safe shipping (PS2, PS6, PS8).

Co-design and co-production of these services with end-users will ensure their relevance, and open and free access to the PS will empower users to make knowledge-based decisions in support of a prosperous, sustainable, and environmentally secure Arctic. Access to the PS will be via our ‘Arctic Window’ site developed in collaboration with Work Package 9.

the Arctic Seas portal

Work Package 4 is contributing to the Arctic Seas Portal developed by the non-profit Snowchange Cooperative, a network of Indigenous communities around the north. The portal provides information about Indigenous Communities and ecology of the Northern Waters. 

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