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Arctic Climate Change, Economy and Society (ACCESS): Integrated perspectives

Crépin A., M. Karcher,, J-C.Gascard. 2017. Ambio 46(Suppl. 3):S341–S354


This introduction to the special issue presents an overview of the wide range of results produced during the European Union project Arctic Climate Change, Economy and Society (ACCESS). This project assessed the main impacts of climate change on Arctic Ocean’s geophysical variables and how these impending changes could be expected to impact directly and indirectly on socioeconomic activities like transportation, marine sea food production and resource exploitation. Related governance issues were examined. These results were used to develop several management tools that can live on beyond ACCESS. In this article, we synthesize most of the project results in the form of tentative responses to questions raised during the project. By doing so, we put the findings of the project in a broader perspective and introduce the contributions made in the different articles published in this special issue.

Keywords: Arctic Ocean, Climate change impacts, Economic activities, Environmental protection, Sea ice, Society and governance

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