iCUPE - Integrative and Comprehensive Understanding on Polar Environments
|Theme||1. Environmental protection|
|Session Name||1.4 Sustainable development of the Arctic - boreal regions|
|Author(s)||Tuukka Petäjä (University of Helsinki, Finland), Ella-Maria Duplissy (University of Helsinki, Finland), Hanna K. Lappalainen (University of Helsinki, Finland), Pauli Paasonen (University of Helsinki, Finland), iCUPE Consortium (University of Helsinki, Finland)|
iCUPE (Integrative and Comprehensive Understanding on Polar Environments) is a 3-year project that answers to ERA-PLANET (European network for observing our changing planet) thematic strand 4 (Polar areas and natural resources).
The vision of iCUPE is to establish and maintain long-term, coherent and coordinated observations and research activities on environmental quality and natural resources in polar areas. The core idea of iCUPE is the development of novel, integrated, quality-controlled and harmonized in-situ observations and satellite data in the polar areas, as well as data products to the end users. iCUPE combines the integrated in-situ and satellite Earth Observation with a modelling platform. It 1) synthesizes data from comprehensive long-term measurements, intensive campaigns and satellites, collected during the project or provided by on-going international initiatives, 2) relates the observed parameters to impacts, and 3) delivers novel data products, metrics and indicators to the stakeholders concerning the environmental status, availability and extraction of natural resources in the polar areas.
The project will improve our understanding of the pollution sources and sinks, environmental and anthropogenic changes and elements of the cryosphere in polar areas by conducting high-level and high impact research by analyzing these integrated data together with the modelling frameworks.