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EuRuCAS uses the Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NIERSC or Nansen Centre) in St.Petersburg, Russia, as the joint research facility to extend and consolidate scientific cooperation between researchers from EU Member States and Associated Countries with those from Russia.
The research area of EuRuCAS is study of climate and environmental changes in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic in the 21st century and their socio-economic impact. This has a high priority for both Europe and Russia. From this point of view EU Member States and Associated Countries as well as Russia, where many institutions carry out research activity in this area, have high research potential to answer the emerging challenges in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic. However, this research activity, performed in European and Russian institutions, presently is not sufficiently coordinated.
EuRuCAS contributes to improving this situation by means of building strategic R&D partnerships between institutions in Europe and Russia for performing joint multidisciplinary research in the area of climate and environmental change in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic, including socio-economic impact. This will be done through the Nansen Centre, established in St. Petersburg in 1992 by Norwegian, Russian and German founders. It is envisaged that NIERSC will become the European-Russian Centre for cooperation in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic environmental and climate research and serve as a focal point for its further development. The extending and enhancing cooperation will be attained by implementation of joint projects - ongoing projects at NIERSC and new future projects.
The activities, which are planned in EuRuCAS, will include research visits of European scientists from project partner institutions for joint work at NIERSC with Russian scientists, international workshops aimed at the preparation of new future joint projects, and a summer school with the goal to sustain future long-term cooperation by means of involving the young generation of researches. NIERSC research facilities will be enhanced in the framework of EuRuCAS and its institutional arrangements will be opened for new additional partners from EU Member States and Associated Countries.


Overall objective

To use and extend the Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre, established in St. Petersburg, Russia, as a catalyst for structuring and strengthening European-Russian cooperation in the area of environmental and climate research in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic including socio-economic impact of global warming.

Specific objectives

  • To open the NIERSC activities to additional researchers identified in the EuRuCAS consortium and new researchers from other EU Member States and Associated Countries

  • To enhance the research capacity of NIERSC with the aim of implementation of activities associated with future joint European-Russian projects and opening NIERSC institutional arrangements for additional partners from EU Member States and Associated Countries

  • To increase and extend scientific cooperation between researchers from the Member States/Associated Countries and Russia in the area of environmental and climate research through involvement of additional researches in the ongoing projects at NIERSC and the preparation of new joint projects

  • To prepare new joint research projects between institutions in Russia and EU Member States/Associated Countries in the area of environmental and climate research in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic including socio-economic issues

  • To organize at NIERSC a series of workshops and seminars with the aim of preparation of new joint proposals

  • To organize a Summer School on environmental and climate research topics with the aim to involve young generation of researchers into EU-Russia scientific cooperation

  • To prepare NIERSC institutional arrangements for involving new partners/research organizations from Member States/Associated Countries


Project research tasks

Task 1 Arctic climate change. Leader Timo Vihma (FMI), participants NERSC, NIERSC, USFD.
Task 2  Ice and snow in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic. Leader Aleksey Sharov (JR), participants NERSC, NIERSC, CLS, FMI, UH.
Task 3  Remote sensing of the Arctic and Sub-Arctic marine environment. Leader Bertran Shapron (IFREMER), participants NIERSC,  NERSC, CLS.
Task 4  Remote sensing of the polar atmosphere. Leader Elizaveta Zabolotskih (NIERSC), participants NERSC, FMI.
Task 5  Arctic and Sub-Arctic marine ecosystems. Leader Susan Kratzer (SU), participants NIERS, NERSC, CLS.
Task 6  Permafrost dynamics and hydrological modeling. Leader Christine Schmullius (FSU), participants NIERSC, USFD.
Task 7  Socio-economic impact of climate change in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic. Leader Carlo Jeager (GCF), participants MPG,  NERSC, NIERSC.

Overall strategy and general description
EuRuCAS
is organized in seven Work Packages.


WP1 is devoted to the project management.
WP2 deals with the strengthening and coordination of cooperation in selected research topics. Researchers from project partner institutions will stay in St. Petersburg and work at NIERS during several months each year. Their research activity will be organized in the framework of ongoing projects at NIERSC.
WP3 is the enhancement of NIERSC research infrastructure.
WP4 will focus on planning and preparing new joint project proposals, where additional partners from Europe and Russia will be partners. Scientists from other institutions of EU Member States and Associated Countries will also be invited to cooperate with NIERSC. Annual workshops will be the main mechanism for creating new proposals. New joint projects will be the backbone of the cooperation after EuRuCAS is completed.
WP5 is devoted to organization of a summer school to be held in St. Petersburg during the 3rd year of the project with participants from European countries and Russia. Future research recruitment is essential to make cooperation sustainable and, hence, involvement of postdocs and PhD-students in such cooperation is important. The summer school, together with workshops and generation of new projects is important mechanism to recruit young scientists to work in the considered research topics.
WP6 deals with preparing NIERSC institutional arrangements for their opening for new NIERSC partners from EU Member States/Associated Countries. Involving new partners in a joint research institute, like NIERSC, will secure long-term European-Russian cooperation.
WP7 is aimed at dissemination and exploitation of project results.


Description of project management
The Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Center is co‐ordinating and managing the EuRuCAS project. The Project Coordinator is Dr. Leonid Bobylev, who has been NIERSC team leader of many EU projects in the previous 15 years and was elected the Laureate of the EU Descartes Prize in 2005. Prof. Stein Sandven from NERSC is the Deputy Coordinator. He has been coordinator and deputy coordinator for several EU FP projects. Project management is being implemented through six‐monthly progress meetings, email correspondence, telephone conferences, a project web site management system, where all relevant documents and information are posted, and through the project deliverables.

Steering Commitee is the ultimate decision-making body of the EuRuCAS Consortium. It consists of one representative of earch Consortium Partner. The Chairman of Steerng Commitee is Prof. Ola M. Johannessen, who has been coordinator of many EU projects in the last 25 years and was elected the Laureate of the EU Descartes Prize in 2005. He is the Founding President of NIERSC, Founding Director of the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in Bergen, President of Nansen Sensing Society and Professor Emeritus at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen.

 
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