The EU-PolarNet white paper workshop, which took place from 24th to 28th September in La Cristalera, Spain, was an important milestone towards an integrated European Polar Research Programme – one of EU-PolarNet’s main deliverables. The objective of the workshop was to develop several white papers with topics of high interest to the European society, and where the outcomes of future research will have benefits that are economic, social or cultural. It brought together thoroughly chosen international polar experts within five key areas: People; Climate and Cryosphere; Sustainable Management of Resources and Human Impacts; Polar Biology, Ecology and Biodiversity; and New Technology. These overarching key areas are based on the results of the EU-PolarNet deliverable D2.1 on prioritised objectives in polar research.
EU-PolarNet convened a team of 50 experts from 16 countries to debate, identify and draft the white papers. This team drew participants from many areas of polar research:
- Climate, oceanographic, cryospheric and geological sciences.
- Social, historical and cultural research
- International policy development, environmental regulation, resource management and governance.
- Behavioral, ecosystem and evolutionary biology
- Satellite, communications, instrument and autonomous technologies.