Arctic Climate Impact Assessment and Its Implications for Environmental Policy
A Set of follow-on assessments to the ACIA continues: These assessments focus on reducing uncertainties, filling gaps in knowledge identified during the assessment, and more explicitly including issues that interact with climate change and its impacts. The Arctic Council has established three major research and assessments to follow on the ACIA. The first is an assessment of Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic: Climate Change and the Cryosphere (http://www.amap.no/swipa). The second is an Arctic Resilience Assessment (http://arctic-council.org/arr/), which seeks to better understand the integrated impacts of change in the Arctic, including analyses of the potential for shocks and large shifts in ecosystems services that affect human well-being in the Arctic. Third is an assessment and extended study of Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic, which is designed to produce information to assist local decision-makers and stakeholders in three pilot regions in developing adaptation tools and strategies to better deal with climate change and other pertinent environmental stressors.