Project Details


ARICE´s overall aim is to provide Europe with better capacities for marine-based research in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean.

ARICE aims at reaching this goal with the existing polar fleet by:

1. Networking: ARICE will develop strategies to ensure the optimal use of the existing polar research vessels at a European and international level. The aim is to establish an International Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium which shares and jointly funds ship time for scientists on the available research icebreakers.

2. Transnational access: ARICE will provide transnational access to four European and two international research icebreakers. Access is granted based on scientific excellence of the research proposals, which researchers need to submit during the application process. The participating icebreakers are: PRV Polarstern (Germany), IB Oden (Sweden), RV Kronprins Haakon (Norway), RRS Sir David Attenborough (United Kingdom), CCGS Amundse (Canada) and RV Sikuliaq (USA).

3. Joint research activities: ARICE will improve the research icebreakers’ services by working closely together with maritime industry on a so called “ships and platforms of opportunity” programme. Through this programme, commercial vessels operating in the Arctic Ocean will collect oceanic and atmospheric data on their cruises. At the same time, science and industry will work together to explore new technologies, which can improve ship-based and autonomous measurements in the Arctic Ocean. ARICE will also implement virtual and remote access of data via an innovative 3D Virtual Icebreaker, which will provide anyone with real-time information from the Arctic.

National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua
Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany (coordinator)
Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, Sweden
Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway
Université Laval, Canada
University of Alaska, US
Nordurslodagattin Ehf, Iceland
Spanish National Research Council, Spain 
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche. Italy
World Ocean Limited, UK
The Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland 
Finish Meteorological Institute, Finland
National Center for Scientific Research, France 
Natural Environment Research Council, UK

The project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020.

Research area: Oceanography
Research area: Observation Technology
Effective start/end date01/01/201831/12/2021

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
  • National Center for Scientific Research (Project partner)
  • University of Alaska (Project partner)
  • Université Laval (Project partner)
  • Nordursloda Gattin ehf (Project partner)
  • Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (Project partner)
  • Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Project partner)
  • Alfred Wegener Institute - Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (Project partner)
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute (Project partner)
  • National Research Council of Italy (Project partner)
  • Norwegian Polar Institute (Project partner)
  • Natural Environmental Research Council (Project partner)
  • CSIC (Project partner)
  • World Ocean Council (Project partner)


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