Rapid response to environmental emergency alerts: the “Red phone”

 

The overall main objective of the Work Package is to help protect ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic as areas having a high latitude, long winters, short, cool summers,... and global residents from the hazards of potential future environmental emergencies such as release of radionuclides, contamination events from atmospheric deposition, volcanic ash, extreme climateThe average weather we would expect over a long period of time (seasons, years, decades). Climate varies from place-to-place across the Earth. Climate is determined by long-term (over at least... events including possible severe ozone depletion, as well as spread of pathogens, disease and invasive species.

Specifically, we aim to establish a process starting with alerting research station staff through the Arctic and adjoining territories to possible environmental emergencies via a one-stop-shop, through providing protocols on how to make infrastructure–wide observations and/or sampling, determining how samples should be transported, identifying laboratories to analyse resulting data and/or samples and identifying the pathways to ensure data reach appropriate environmental agencies and government departments that can respond to emergencies based on geographically comprehensive sampling. Finally, we aim to identify how the system developed can be sustained in the long term.

The service we offer is particularly important considering that our sites are located throughout the northern hemisphere’s most remote and environmentally harsh environments where observing power is very low but where the research station staff has access and the expertise and ability to operate in these conditions.

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