The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) has developed the Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS) as the data management framework for data from CBMP and other CAFF initiatives

As part of this work to help increase visibility of and access to data CAFF has partnered with the Global Biodiversity Information facility (GBIF) and UNESCOs  Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)

Some of the first datasets from the ABDS are now being harvesting by GBIF and OBIS who are making these data discoverable and accessible via their systems 

One of the first datasets to be made available in this manner is the Arctic Species Trend Index (ASTI) developed by the CBMP. This index tracks trends in over 300 Arctic vertebrate species and comprises the Arctic component of the Living Planet Index.

The ASTI datasets can be found on the following links:

Further CAFF datasets are being made available for harvest by GBIF and OBIS and can be found here




Below we have summarized the main topics of this edition. To read the full texts please follow the links to our website. You can also download the entire newsletter as a pdf file.<>


Main topics of the May 2016 EU-PolarNet newsletter:


2nd EU-PolarNet General Assembly<>

One year into the project and four years to go, the second EU-PolarNet General Assembly was a timely occasion to both look back at what has been achieved so far and to look ahead towards upcoming tasks and challenges.  Read more.<>


Stakeholder Workshop: Arctic Health and Wellness<>

Climate change impacts on health and wellbeing should be a main priority for research in the Arctic. This was one of the conclusions of the first AMAP/EU-PolarNet stakeholder workshop themed Research Needs for Arctic Health and Wellness. Learn more.<>


A compilation of European Research Priorities<>

Over the past months the EU-PolarNet consortium has compiled European research priorities for the Polar Regions. In order to get feedback on this synthesis from the wider community, the compilation was opened up for a public and anonymous consultation. Get the results.<>


Connecting Arctic researchers and industry<>

EU-PolarNet organised a session at this year¹s Adaptation Futures Conference in Rotterdam (Connecting Arctic researchers and industry: a dialogue for societal benefit) with the aim to engage with industry representatives. Learn more about the session.<>


A central plank of the EU¹s Arctic research efforts <>On the 27th April 2016 the new EU Joint Communication on the Arctic was presented: An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic. It regards EU-PolarNet as a central plank of the EU¹s Arctic research efforts. Learn more about the Arctic policy.<>


A glimpse on: Portuguese Polar Research<>

Maria Teresa Cabrita and Gonçalo Vieira give an introduction to the Portuguese polar community, its history and current research initiatives. Read the interview here.<>


Townhall Event in Brussels<>

On Tuesday, 27th September 2016 EU-PolarNet will host a major Townhall Event in Brussels. The event¹s topic is: Towards the 1.5°C climate goal ­ Contributions of Polar Research. Read more about the event and the preparations.<>


Featured expedition: Arctic 100 Expedition<>

Arctia Ltd. welcomes partners for an international Arctic expedition in summer 2017 in the Nansen and Amundsen Basins, with an option for the Canada Basin. The icebreaker holds a polar 10 class and has capacity for up to 70 researchers. Read more here.<>


In Memoriam

We are very sorry to announce that our much-valued colleague Ruth Driver-Breen from the British Antarctic Survey team has passed away. This is deeply shocking news for our entire consortium and our thoughts are with Ruth¹s family and her colleagues.



If you have any news or would like to publicise an event, conference or course, please get in touch by emailing <mailto:>. Please also feel free to distribute the newsletter to anyone interested in polar issues!



Best wishes in the name of the EU-PolarNet consortium,


Karin Lochte

Nicole Biebow

Kristina Bär


Management Team EU-PolarNet




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Dear Arctic stakeholder,

The Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) is an initiative of the Arctic Council together with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The purpose of SAON is to support and strengthen the development and multinational engagement for sustained and coordinated pan-Arctic observing and data sharing systems that serve societal needs, particularly related to environmental, social, economic and cultural issues

The SAON Board has established an External Review Committee to conduct an external review of SAON. The plan for the review states that the Committee should organise a survey among Arctic stakeholders. The outcomes of the survey will be used to inform the External Review Committee’s deliberations and be part of the report that the External Review Committee delivers to the SAON Board by 1st September 2016. There is more information about the External Review Committee and timelines for the work here.

I am writing to ask for your contribution to the survey.

Please forward this information to people in your network who can help us better understand how SAON has performed in the past and how it should be developed for the future.

The survey has 25 questions and will take 10-15 minutes to fill in. We should kindly ask you to complete the survey by 1st June.

Link to survey:

Текст опроса на русском языке можно найти здесь в формате PDF

Thank you in advance for your help and participation!

Helen Joseph

Chair, SAON External Review Committee

HCJ Consulting, email:

Apply now for the 2016 Arctic Summer College! 

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Through this one-of-a-kind 8-week virtual campus, participants from around the world learn about contemporary issues affecting the Arctic and engage in discussions with experts, exchanging views and creating a lively learning environment. The curriculum focuses on climate change adaptation, natural resource management, biodiversity protection, environmental governance, energy policy, security, and human health.

The College provides opportunities to develop academic skills, broaden professional and academic networks, and engage with policy and thought leaders working every day on the critical issues facing the Arctic.

This year, we are offering two tracks to choose from: Arctic Summer College for Students and Arctic Summer College for Professionals, each tailored to best benefit the participants. 

Both programs offer: 
To learn more about each track and begin your application, follow the link below to your preferred program. 

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Application deadline: May 29, 2016

For questions about the application process, write to . To learn more about past programs, visit
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The review of the SAON task on Community-based monitoring and Indigenous knowledge in a Changing Arctic has now been finalised:


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