Climate change imposes critical challenges to vulnerable ecosystems, communities and indigenous populations in the Arctic.
To study the full impact of the changes in the Arctic and the mechanisms behind these, Aarhus University has established Arctic Research Centre (ARC) recognizing the need to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to adequately address contemporary and critical Arctic issues.
The collaborative formation promotes synergy and continuous consolidation of specialist knowledge, and it ensures an integration of state of the art results from both fundamental and applied research, as well as data from monitoring programs.
ARC's vision is to be an internationally leading center for Arctic research, education, knowledge exchange and consultancy, on an interdisciplinary basis.
ARC pursues the following objectives:
2. Education and talent development
3. Knowledge exchange
Based on a highly interdisciplinary collaboration between human, social, natural and health sciences, ARC stimulates increased knowledge about Arctic matters in the areas of nature, environment, society, culture, history, governance, economy, health and life quality, as well as the interaction between them.
Education and communication comprise two focal activities of the Arctic Research Centre. ARC wants to ensure future generations’ knowledge and expertise in Arctic matters, working closely with local communities to ensure locally rooted Arctic education at all educational levels.
Knowledge exchange is ensured by disseminating new research findings to the general public and by providing consultancy services for the benefit of the scientific community, students, authorities and businesses.
The continuous dissemination of activities end new findings to the general public, with the aim of promoting local ownership and community-level action in the context of irrevocable climate change is a key issue.
ARC takes an active share in a large, international research program as a partner in Arctic Science Partnership (ASP) where a large-scale international collaboration ensures a coherent effort in the Arctic region.
ASP fosters critical exchange of knowledge and provides scientists with a joint logistical platform, drawing on the numerous facilities administered by each institution, including research vessels, field stations and laboratory facilities.
Arctic Research Centre (ARC) is funded by Aarhus University and the four faculties - Science & Technology, Health, Business and Social Sciences as well as Arts - for the five-year period 2012-2016. This funding period may be extended for another five years, and in the long run, the Centre may turn into a department.
The Centre is administratively anchored at the Department of Bioscience.