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Marine board calls for investment in arctic research

A large-scale marine observation and data exchange system should be established to cover the full extent of the Arctic Ocean, says the European Marine Board.

The recommendation is made in a policy paper from the board, which argues that a major increase in research capacity is needed before the region is transformed by environmental change and commercial exploitation. According to the paper, Arctic ice coverage reached the lowest level on record during 2012, and there has also been a significant increase in shipping and resource extraction from the region.

Collaboration and investment must be kick-started to expand existing observation infrastructure, says the board, to support modelling and forecasting and improve the sharing of research data.

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