The Arctic Risk Platform: Merging polar disciplines to create bespoke climate risks for global leaders and decision makers

23 February 2023 | 14:00 - 15:30 (GMT+1)

Open Session - HYBRID


Room Erika Weinzierl Saal


Session Conveners: Susana Hancock (Arctic Basecamp)

Session Description

Fast, accurate and engaging dissemination of polar science is paramount for bold climate action around the world. The Arctic Risk Platform is the product of several international scientists and the wider Stichting Arctic Basecamp team that increases the efficacy of science communication and pedagogy. Through developing our own sensors and using much of our own peer-reviewed Arctic data, we bring to life how polar climate change underlines global risk, thereby shaping understanding of how changes in the Arctic are central to the world wide Anthropocene. Specifically, we curate this data to speak science to power, targeting heads of state and global CEOs for whom the Arctic is seen as independent from global environmental processes and disasters. Through making the rapid environmental changes in the Arctic both applicable and digestible for world leaders, we fill a critical link in urgent climate action.

Our science team currently comprises hydrologists, data visualizers, Arctic wildfire experts, glaciologists, atmospheric specialists, polar anthropologists and economists. By approaching shared questions in polar science with this diverse team, the Arctic Risk Platform takes a transdisciplinary approach that widens the impact of our research across sectors and subjects. For example, one of our current projects is aligned with climate vulnerable regions of the world in which we show–across numerous disciplines–how exactly Arctic climate change is at the controls of topics like global food security, heat stress and disaster. Consequently, we are able to transcend divides otherwise found in conventional scientific research and publication and increase the relevance for diverse audiences around the world.