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This WORD template is to assist in developing an agreed document for submission to IPY by June 30, 2005. Submissions to the IPO are to be made ONLY via the online version of this form which will be available at



1.1 Title of Activity

Pan Arctic Ice Camp Expedition


1.2 Short Form Title of Proposed Activity



1.3 Activity Leader Details

First Name: Artur

Surname: Chilingarov



Affiliation: Association of Russian Polar Explorers

Country: Russia




1.4 Lead International Organisation(s) (if applicable)














1.5 Other Countries involved in the activity


















1.6 Expression of Intent ID #s brought together in the proposed activity(Lead first)






























































1.7 Location of Field Activities (Arctic, Antarctic or Bipolar)



1.8 Which IPY themes are addressed (insert X where appropriate)

1. Current state of the environment


4. Exploring new frontiers


2. Change in the polar regions


5. The polar regions as vantage points


3. Polar-global linkages/tele-connections


6. The human dimension in polar regions



1.9 What is the main IPY target addressed by this activity (insert X for 1 choice)

1. Natural or social science


3. Education, Outreach, Communication


2. Data management


4. Legacy



2.0 SUMMARY OF THE ACTIVITY (maximum of 1 page A4)

Recent climate change in the central Arctic Ocean predicts shifting of ice-edge to the north, decreasing of sea-ice extent and thickness, increasing of ice-free areas, and warming of surface water. All evidence indicates that a complex suite of interrelated atmospheric and oceanic changes are now underway, affecting every part of the polar environment and ecosystems. Understanding and quantifying these changes is complicated by sparseness of observations. Traditionally, the knowledge about physical, chemical, and biological processes in the central Arctic Ocean is obtained mostly in ship-based expeditions and/or at the drifting ice stations. In fact, trans-arctic ice breaker expeditions cover very short period of observations (one-two summer months) but observations at ice drifting stations are connected with one ice floe and cover very small study area. It is obvious that it needs new approaches in polar research to conduct oceanographic observations for estimating and forecasting potential changes in the marine environment and consequent effects on ecosystems.

Taking into account a noticeable gap of knowledge about physical, chemical, and biological processes in the central Arctic Ocean it proposes to conduct during the IPY 2007-2008 the Pan Arctic Ice Camp Expedition (PAICEX). A major goal of PAICEX is to develop several manned sea-ice platforms to support basin-wide, continuous round-year, multi-disciplinary observations in the Arctic Ocean with a focus on studies of low atmosphere-sea ice-upper ocean system. Observations should resolve variability on scale of 400-500 km, which is typical of meteorological length scales, or different ecosystems as well as located in key regions of large decadal variability and long-term trends; priority should be given to locations with long historical records like Beaufort Gyre (Canada Basin) and Transarctic Ice Drift (Eurasian Basin). PAICEX scientific and logistic conceptions were approved by a resolution of the IPY National Committee of Russia, September 30, 2005. It was discussed at the IPY Organizing Committee of Russia in Sochi, October 2005, and at the ICARP II Science Planning Workshop, in the Denmark, November 2005.

Scientific concept of PAICEX is to show: How will recent warming in the Arctic affect physical, chemical and biological properties of the low atmosphere-sea ice-upper ocean system? Do the recent remarkable shrinking and melting of permanent sea ice cover and warming and freshening of surface water in the Canada Basin of the Arctic Ocean represent to be local or connect with globally processes in a whole scale of the Arctic Ocean? Still now, an information about these questions is still insufficient, however, the knowledge is very important for assessment of the permanent sea-ice cover condition and modeling of climatic and ecological processes in the Arctic Ocean in the nearest future.

Logistic concept of PAICEX is to organize during the IPY a number (8-10) of Ice Drifting Camps (IDC) in key-regions of the central Arctic Ocean. Each IDC team will consist of 5-7 scientific and logistic persons to develop and conduct field round-year observations. Science and Action Plans need to be similar at each IDC as well as field observations and samplings need to be done with same technique, field and labs equipment, using same methods of measurements, scheduled samplings, fixation etc. Main priorities need to be focused on observations of snow-ice cover dynamic, CTD casts, hydrological samplings and biodiversity studies. The large-scale synchronous annual data set would be very important for assessment of permanent sea-ice cover, upper ocean and ecosystems conditions and helpful for Arctic climate models.

Russia has a unique experience in establishing drifting stations and conducting air operations in the Arctic. That is why the Russian participants of the PAICEX are able to provide complete logistic support. However, the scale of the PAICEX does not allow preparing and implementing it by one country's effort. It suggests organizing an international consortium from various countries involving into the IPY research to develop PAICEX Science and Action plans. In this case it is evident that the PAICEX-IPY scientific program under umbrella of International Science Steering Committee can be significantly added and expanded. PAICEX website is recently under development ( ).


2.1 What is the evidence of inter-disciplinarity in this activity?

PAICEX-IPY science program will be strongly interdisciplinary. It will combine the efforts of polar climatologists, oceanographers, biologists, ecologists and fisheries scientists from a wide range of countries involving in studies of arctic contamination, biodiversity, snow-ice dynamic, monitoring, climate and environment changes. PAICEX activity will combine more than 40 EoIs and is being coordinated across national and international programs: IGBP/SCOR Programme, IMBER: Integrating Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER), SOLAS: Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study, European Union EUR-OCEANS Network, AMAP, SEARCH, SBI, etc and is supported by IASC. PAICEX concepts were discussed at the IPY Organizing Committee of Russia in Sochi, October 2005, and at the ICARP II Science Planning Workshop, in the Denmark, November 2005.


2.2 What will be the significant advances/developments from this activity? What will be the major deliverables, including the outputs for your peers?

-Provide an assessment of the current state of low atmosphere, sea ice cover, and surface ocean water masses in a whole scale of the central Arctic Ocean;

-Advance our understanding of the thermodynamic, dynamic, chemical, and biological processes and interactions that govern the complex ocean-ice-atmosphere system and help us to create a data base for future assessments of global change in the Arctic Ocean;

-Improve the interpretation of satellite observations based on surface measurements of snow and ice conditions in key-regions of the Arctic Ocean;

-Quantify the response of Arctic Ocean ecosystems to variability and change in order to produce a step change in our understanding of how climate and ecological processes interact to determine the dynamics of polar ocean ecosystems;

-PAICEX results will include in integrated sets of data and metadata, improved instrumentation and equipment, and widely reported scientific findings that form the basis for planned multi-national coordinated circumpolar Arctic Ocean field efforts in the decade following IPY;

-It will increase the knowledge of climate-ocean-sea ice system among both students and scientists and facilitate interdisciplinary research and stimulating international cooperation;

-The public will be informed about the Polar Regions and about science in general, through an extensive educational outreach component including classroom programs, public lectures, mass media, and the participation of students in field and lab procedures;

-Synthesis and modelling papers in internationally peer-reviewed journals;

-PAICEX web site ( is recently under development) will provide to facilitate communication and information exchange between the PAICEX Consortium and other relevant IPY Consortia and Clusters.



2.3 Outline the geographical location(s) for the proposed field work (approximate coordinates will be helpful if possible)



4-5 locations in the Canada Basin of the Arctic Ocean


4-5 locations in the Eurasian Basin of the Arctic Ocean















2.4 Define the approximate timeframe(s) for proposed field activities?

Arctic Fieldwork time frame(s)

Antarctic Fieldwork time frame(s)

March 2007-March 2009

mm/yy mm/yy

mm/yy mm/yy

mm/yy mm/yy

mm/yy mm/yy

mm/yy mm/yy


2.5 What major logistic support/facilities will be required for this project? (see notes)

Ice drifting camps








Further details




2.6 How will the required logistics be supplied? Have operators been approached?

Source of logistic support

X for likely potential sources

X where support agreed

Consortium of national polar operators



Own national polar operator



Another national polar operator



National agency



Military support



Commercial operator



Own support



Other sources of support (details)

International PAICEX-IPY Consortium






2.7 If working in the Arctic regions, has there been contact with local indigenous groups or relevant authorities regarding access?

Most of Ice Drifting Camps (IDC) will be in the Central Arctic Basin far away from inhabited areas, but it plans to arrange indigenous community visits IDCs and entrain the younger generation into research projects.





3.1 Origin of the activity(X for one choice)

Is this a new activity developed for the IPY period?


Is this activity the start of a new programme that will outlive IPY?


Is this a pulse of activity during 2007-2009 within an existing programme?


If part of an existing programme please name the programme -


3.2 How will the activity be organised and managed? Describe the proposed management structure and means for coordinating across the cluster

PAICEX-IPY is aimed at coordination and will provide the mechanism for linking the EoIs within the Consortium. The PAICEX International Science Steering Committee, with an elected chairperson will be formed to effectively manage and coordinate the project. This Committee will consist of key project investigators, colleagues from other disciplines, experts from other IPY activities, and stakeholders. It will provide overall project guidance, formulate measurement strategies, and foster international collaboration. Ad hoc groups will be formed as needed to address specific issues that may arise. These groups will serve to coordinate scientific and logistic activities performed by individual researchers. Logistics will be coordinated by the committee and will typically rely on national institutes and resources.




3.3 Will the activity leave a legacy of infrastructure and if so in what form?

Through IPY, PAICEX will develop a legacy of sharing and coordination of infrastructures. That legacy will form the basis for planned multi-national coordinated central Arctic Ocean field efforts in the decade following IPY. By using the unique opportunity provided by the IPY for a truly international collaboration, this project will collect a unique data set of atmosphere-ocean-ice system, which will serve as a benchmark for comparison with existing data to identify and quantify polar changes: a legacy for future generations of Earth scientists. PAICEX will leave a database of air-sea fluxes of organic carbon and pollutants in the central Arctic Ocean that could be used as a base line for future studies. A comprehensive integrated dataset on the physical, chemical, and biological state of the Arctic sea ice cover can be generated and used for future assessment of its potential impact on the global climate. New field and analytical techniques will also be developed in the PAICEX framework. This will include: a network of autonomous ice-based observing platforms; instrumentation such as automated buoys and cameras for measurements and monitoring of Pan-Arctic ice conditions.




3.4 Will the activity involve nations other than traditional polar nations? How will this be addressed?

Recently, this activity includes mostly traditional polar nations such as Russia, US, UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Japan. However, we are working to entrain scientists from other nations such as China.





3.5 Will this activity be linked with other IPY core activities? If yes please specify

PAICEX-IPY activity will have strong links with IPY Consortia. We are already ready for discussions with several IPY clusters to form collaborative efforts. These collaborations will greatly enhance the scientific gain and impact of the work. They are: Ice stations (54, 421,681, 810), Pollutant Transport over the Arctic Ocean (50, 244, 630. 653, 695), Arctic Biodiversity (64,161, 602, 624), Ice/Snow research (73, 166, 344, 363, 574, 619, 855, 903, 1006, 1035), Low atmosphere (196, 218), Snapshots from Space (197), Ecosystems (329, 537, 606, 769, 778), Upper Ocean (385, 832), Climate change (387,620, 746), Monitoring (503, 915), Integrated Arctic Ocean Observing System (80). These Consortia will provide input into understanding physical, chemical, and biological variations in the Arctic Ocean.



3.6 How will the activity manage its data? Is there a viable plan and which data management organisations/structures will be involved?

Data from PAICEX-IPY will be under the policy of data management and archiving in accordance to the Principles and Responsibilities of ICSU World Data Centers. All data and metadata from the project will be analyzed, archived, and submitted to established national and international data archives. Project web site will be widely advertised and be made available to project members, the broader scientific community, and the public.



3.7 Data Policy Agreement (Place X in box for agreement)

Will this activity sign up to the IPY Data Policy (see website)



3.8 How will the activity contribute to developing the next generation of polar scientists, logisticians, etc.?

Through its International Science Steering Committee, PAICEX-IPY will provide opportunities for training and education within the Pan Arctic Ice Camp Expedition. PAICEX-IPY presents an extraordinary opportunity to engage the next generation of scientists. Project will stimulate to entrain students and young scientists in all aspects of the work from the planning stage to the field observations. As an interdisciplinary and international project, PAICEX-IPY will allow students and young scientists to expand their knowledge beyond disciplinary and national boundaries. Project will provide a basis for the training of young scientists and technicians in the areas of atmospheric and ocean physics, chemistry and biology, personnel exchange between different international research groups.



3.9 How will this activity address education, outreach and communication issues outlined in the Framework document?

Education, outreach and communication will be a specific focus for the PAICEX-IPY Science Steering Committee. One of the first activities will be the development of a website on PAICEX-IPY research for school children and the general public. PAICEX-IPY will utilise the press and public relations departments of the institutes within the Consortium to promote the importance and relevance of PAICEX-IPY science and operations. Activities of the PAICEX-IPY will include exhibitions and lectures, internet programmes for schools, television broadcasts of films made during IPY, press conferences, brochures to ensure the promotion of discoveries made by the PAICEX-IPY researchers. Interactive websites in the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute and Russian Academy Science as well as a website of the Russian Federal Programme (World Ocean) for education, outreach and communication are also planned.



3.10 What are the proposed sources of funding for this activity?

Much of the funding required for PAICEX-IPY will be shared between international programmes of the Consortium for logistic support of Ice Drifting Camps organization. International bodies and programmes will further support coordination of activities. It is expected that funding for field activities, instruments, scientific equipment, materials, and sample procedures will be provided through specific announcements of opportunities from national research agencies and direct support of national polar research centres in some of the partnering nations involved in to PAICEX-IPYactivity.



3.11 Additional Comments

PAICEX International Science Steering Committee will lead the Pan Arctic Ice Camp Expedition core scientific and logistic activities, linking and coordinating more than 40 EoIs listed above (3.5). The majority of Consortium, however, involves a wide range of members not listed here.





4.1 Contact Details


Lead Contact

Second Contact




First Name







Association of Russian Polar Explorers

P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology

Russian Academy of Sciences


Seleznevskaya, 11a Moscow

Nahimovski pr., 36









7 495 973 2708

7 495 124 5996



8 916 604 3131


7 495 973 2837

7 495 124 5983


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4.2 Other significant consortium members and their affiliation




See 2.1 and 3.5.










































































































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** The form is not for submission (that must be done online) - it is a tool for preparing the material required for completing the online form.

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Proposer Information

1.1 A full title for the proposed activity

1.2 Please provide a short title, ideally an acronym which will help with database searching.

1.3 This should be the person nominated to lead the activity. They may also be the primary contact with whom the IPO and JC will interact (see 4.1)

1.4 Where an international organisation is involved in the activity, they should be named (acronym is sufficient)

1.5 These are countries other than that of the activity leader. There will be more cells available on the web form. It is important that each activity demonstrate that there is internationalisation. Components of IPY activities can be operating at simply a national level but should synchronize with comparable groups in other nations activities to ensure internationalization at the IPY activity (core project) level.

1.6 The ID # for each EoI (from the Jan 14 exercise) involved in the activity should be named here. This will allow the IPO to track EoIs that have joined or left clusters identified in the original assessment.

1.7 Insert only one of the three choices.

1.8 Put an X against all of the themes for which the activity is relevant.

1.9 Put an X against one of the IPY targets which most closely describes the activitys main target


Activity Description and Time/Location Information

2.0 A description of what the activity entails and that includes reference to how the various component EoIs contribute to the overall activity. The description should focus on what will be undertaken within the activity and not how it will be organised. The text must not include graphics, equations or substantial formatting as these all cause problems for the database search engine. The JC only wants text entry in this field leave the fancy presentations for the funding agency applications. Do not exceed 1 page.

2.1 The IPY is promoting interdisciplinary science and it is one of the IPY criteria that researchers should attempt to address.

2.2 This should focus on what will broadly emerge from the activity and if possible list some deliverables. It will be valuable to outline what outputs will be targeted at your peers papers, workshops, e-media.

2.3 IPY activities should be polar-focussed (not necessarily located in polar regions. These fields should identify one or more areas where field activities will occur, e.g. West Antarctic Ice Sheet, Weddell Sea, Svalbard, Greenland. There is no need to include reference to Antarctica or Arctic (picked up in 1.7). If approximate coordinates are available this will allow distribution maps to be generated for IPY planning and promotional activities and assist logistic operators. An IPY activity does not have to include a field component but will do so in most cases.

2.4 IPY activities should occur during 2007-2009. Use the given format to define fieldwork periods.

2.5 This refers to major facilities and infrastructure and some examples (not comprehensive) are given below. Please use the fields to enter logistic requirements and use the text box to add further details.


Multi-instrumented platforms

Snow terrain vehicles

Ice strengthened research ship


Existing field stations

Ship-based drilling capability

Fixed wing geophysical aircraft

New field station

Ship recovery of buoys etc

Fixed wing transport aircraft




Fuel depots

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle


Ice drilling capability

Remotely Operated Vehicle


Rock-drilling capability

Please note if your project will share facilities with other IPY activities, or if there is capacity to support other projects as part of your activity (e.g. a marine biodiversity cruise could feasibly offer to deploy or recover buoys, moorings, etc., for an ocean/climate project).

2.6 Mark X against the 1 or more support options you would anticipate using and place an X against those which have been agreed or are being considered by logistic operators.

2.7 Access to certain Arctic areas is subject to licensing and should not be assumed will be granted so a dialogue with relevant authorities will be necessary. The Canadian IPY Office is a useful start point.


Structure of the Activity

3.1 Identify if your activity is a new activity limited to the IPY period, a new one that may be running for many years but will use IPY to kick start its programme, or an existing programme that will undertake a pulse of activity to coincide with the IPY period. If the latter please name the programme.

3.2 A major IPY criterion is evidence of a viable management plan and this is an opportunity to outline how the cluster will organise itself and ensure there is proper coordination. The Joint Committee for IPY 2007-2008 will be overseeing Polar Year activities but will not be managing the individual projects. It is anticipated that IPY projects will be self-managed, free-standing activities or be part of a planned or existing programme that has an established management structure. The JC will need to be satisfied that all proposals have realistic plans for structuring and managing activities. For the larger proposals the JC anticipates that a Project Steering Committee will be established.

3.3 Whilst IPY is envisaged as primarily a pulse of activity during 2007-2009, it is hoped that, as with many IGY initiatives, the initial activity leaves a legacy longer term which could be for example an observational network, a field research facility, an accessible database, an education course or a health monitoring programme.

3.4 The IPY wants to broaden interest in the polar regions to include nations not traditionally involved in polar activities and has included this as one of its criteria. In some cases this may involve researchers joining clusters for field work but could also be, for example, through attendance of a workshop organised by the cluster.

3.5 The Joint Committee envisages a relatively small number of substantial core projects during IPY and it is anticipated that the JC will assist these projects to interact. Some activities are already considering formal and informal links with related clusters which will bring added value to these IPY activities.

3.6 IPY will generate enormous quantities of data and it should be accessible data so core projects will have to agree a data policy that will allow interaction across projects and early availability to the community. This field offers the opportunity to demonstrate that the components of the cluster have an agreed and valid approach to data management which can be considered alongside other approaches across IPY by the Data Management Sub-Committee to ensure effective coordination. Data organisations such as the World Data Centres, JCADM or national data centres.

3.7 IPY wishes all data to be freely available to the community (accepting certain exceptions e.g. human research) and all core projects will be expected to agree to sign up to the IPY Data Policy (which will be available on the website before the end of May 2005.

3.8 IPY has the development of the next generation of polar researchers as a high priority and IPY activities should show evidence of having considered how to address this issue.

3.9 All activities are expected to give consideration to addressing education, outreach and communication (mainly media focussed). Establishing a website will be a popular suggestion but interactions with schools, involving children/teachers in field activities, holding workshops, producing books or electronic media, collaborating with film-makers are all further possibilities.

3.10 It is recognised that many proposed activities will not yet have established funding lines but it should be demonstrated that valid sources of funding will be approached to support the activity.

3.11 This field can be used for any additional information that you feel is not addressed in the rest of the form or it maybe a specific piece of information that helps a national committee locate its nations proposed activities.


Consortium Information

4.1 Details for the two primary people in each activity that the IPO can then contact where necessary on behalf of the consortium.

4.2 A list of other significant consortium members, their affiliation and country. The on-line form will also ask for email addresses. Up to 35 additional names can be added to this table, more will be available in the online version.


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