Project Description
The scientific goal of ACSYS, which started its main observational phase on January 1, 1994 and will continue for a ten-year period, is to ascertain the role of the Arctic in the global climate. To attain this goal, ACSYS seeks to develop and co-ordinate national and international Arctic science activities aimed at the three main objectives.

Understanding the interactions between the Arctic Ocean circulation, ice cover, the atmosphere and the hydrological cycle. Initiating long-term climate research and monitoring programmes for the Arctic. Providing a scientific basis for an accurate representation of Arctic processes in global climate models. The rational for the ACSYS proposal is the expectation that a consolidated science and implementation plan, based on a broad scientific consensus, will constitute a sound justification for the provision of adequate resources and logistics to carry out research on the Arctic climate system. The project's framework includes several programs.

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