Brief Background

In 1995, an International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP I) was held in Hanover, NH (USA) after an international planning process.

This planning process included 10 international working groups, who, over about 12 months, drafted initial science plans for potential circumarctic research projects.

These plans were then discussed and reviewed by the 300 conference participants.

Since then, almost all of these plans have been implemented and have contributed significantly to Arctic research and knowledge.

Earlier this year, it was agreed to initiate a similar process and base the initiative on a community-wide partnership.

At present, 13 major Arctic research and user organisations are taking part in this venture, and after consultations, and assisted by an ad hoc Planning Group, an ICARP II Steering Group is now in place.

The Steering Group held its first meeting 29 October 2003.