Announcement of Opportunity: The Changing Arctic Ocean scoping group

17 March 2015

Closing date: 16:00 on Monday 30 March 2015

NERC invites applications to join a NERC scoping group that will develop the science case for a potential strategic research programme on 'The Changing Arctic Ocean - Implications for marine biology and biogeochemistry'.

NERC is considering the possibility of a large strategic research programme on 'The Changing Arctic Ocean - Implications for marine biology and biogeochemistry'. NERC wishes to develop the science case for a potential strategic research programme on this issue. The science case should aim to improve our understanding and ability to predict the future biological and biogeochemical functioning of the Arctic Ocean. It is anticipated that science questions may include:

  • What happens to biology and biogeochemistry (carbon, nitrogen, sulfur) under a reduced ice regime?
  • How will changing land-based influences affect the future biological functioning of the ocean basin? (eg fluvial inputs of dissolved organic matter, sediments, pollutants, freshwater)
  • How will changes in the ice regime impact on light environment and seasonal stratification of waters with consequences for nutrient regimes and therefore productivity?
  • What connections and interactions will develop between the changing polar environment and the high latitude north Atlantic ocean (eg creation of new habitats, biological corridors, increased biological connectivity)?

It is anticipated that the potential research programme would include experimentation, observations and modelling with an overall objective of developing new predictive models to describe Arctic Ocean functioning under a range of scenarios, linked to understanding of physical, land-based and human processes.

Applications are being invited from individuals wishing to join the scoping group that will develop the science case for consideration.

Professor David Thomas of Bangor University has agreed to chair the scoping group. Members will be selected by NERC via an open call for self-nomination. It is anticipated that the scoping group will be made up of around 10-15 individuals and will have an appropriate scientific balance. Members of the scoping group are expected to act as representatives of their scientific disciplines, and to act in the interests of the scientific community as a whole, rather than representing personal or institutional interests. The composition of the group will be decided by NERC with input from the chair of the scoping group and a representative of NERC's Strategic Programme Advisory Group (SPAG). NERC will reserve the right to appoint members to the scoping group who haven't applied to achieve the balance of representation required.

The scoping group will convene for a two day meeting which all members must attend. The group will be tasked with producing a science case by the 15 May 2015. This meeting will take place on the 7 and 8 May at a venue in the London area. By applying to join this scoping group you are confirming your availability to attend the two day meeting.

If the proposed research programme is approved, members of the scoping group will be able apply for funding, subject to normal NERC eligibility rules.

Applicants should complete an application form and submit it via email to Jessica Surma, at , by 16:00 on Monday 30 March 2015. Successful applicants will be informed of the outcome by Friday 10 April 2015.

Application form (Word, 28KB)

NERC will cover all reasonable travel and subsistence costs associated with attending the two day meeting in line with NERC policy.