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ACD: Arctic Coastal Dynamics Year of approval: 2000 The overall objective of ACD is to improve our Marine Transportation and Changing Access in the Arctic Ocean Year of approval: 2003 understanding of Circum-Arctic Coastal Dynamics This project involves a comprehensive assessment as a function of environmental forcing, coastal ge- of recent (and future) Arctic sea ice changes, and a ology and cryology and morphodynamic behavior. focused analysis on how these changes may impact marine transport routes in the Arctic Ocean and the Baltic Sea. MAST: Marine Arctic Sediment Thickness Year of approval: 2000 maps that describe the nature and distribution of CAT-B: The Circum-Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Initiative – Causes and consequences of changing biodiversity in Arctic and Alpine Terrestrial Ecosystems Year of approval: 2003 sedimentary material underlying the deep ocean The broad goal of this program is to quantify and basin and the continental shelves of the Arctic understand the role of biodiversity in Arctic and al- Ocean. pine ecosystems, and to evaluate both actual and This project focuses on the recovery, preservation, and rationalization of seismic and potential field observations, to construct a digital data base and potential threats to biodiversity. ACIA: Arctic Climate Impact Assessment Year of approval: 2000 the nations of the Arctic region, their economy, and NUHIP: Nutrition and Health of the Northern Indigenous Peoples – the interactions with ethnicity, social status and environment Year of approval: 2001/03 peoples. It was implemented in partnership with the This is a multidisciplinary study of the interaction of Arctic Council represented by their AMAP and CAFF environmental factors, socio-economic status and working groups. nutrition among the indigenous peoples in the cir- This assessment is expected to lead to the development of fundamental and useful information for cumpolar countries and on assessment of these im- Arctic Hydrology Year of approval: 2002 pacts on the survival of ethnical groups, their style of life and health. This project involves the synthesis of water balance data from northern experimental watersheds. ACBio – Arctic Coastal Biodiversity Year of approval: 2005 CEON – The Terrestrial Circum-arctic Environmental Observatories Network Year of approval: 2002 This is an integrated multi-scale, multi-theme as- This project focuses on promoting environmental with the goal to facilitate coastal management and observations in the Arctic and dissemination of planning using an approach based on the integra- these to Arctic researchers whilst encompassing tion of the physical, biological and social sciences. and building on the strengths of existing observatory platforms and networks active in the Arctic. 115 00 06 Appendices sessment of Arctic coastal biodiversity as a logical, cost-effective, and essential research framework