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-
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-
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-
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-
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-
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-
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-
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-
Task 3 Remote sensing of the Arctic and Sub-
Task 4 Remote sensing of the polar atmosphere. Leader – Elizaveta Zabolotskih (NIERSC), participants – NERSC, FMI.
Task 5 Arctic and Sub-
Task 6 Permafrost dynamics and hydrological modeling. Leader – Christine Schmullius (FSU), participants – NIERSC, USFD.
Task 7 Socio-
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-
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-
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-