The DAMOCLES Project has ended on May 31st, 2010.

The DAMOCLES Publishable Final Activity Report can be downloaded (see end of page).

The DAMOCLES Website will no longer be updated.

If you are interested in the Arctic and Climate Change, a new European project has just begun on March 1st, 2011: ACCESS (Arctic Climate Change Economy and Society)

The ACCESS website is

Arctic ocean under close surveillance at UPMC.
ACCESS kick-off meeting.
Paris, March 8 -10, 2011.

UPMC press contact:
Claire de Thoisy-Méchin
+33 1. 44. 27. 23. 34.
06. 74. 03. 40. 19.
Scientific contact:
Jean-Claude Gascard


The ACCESS (Arctic Climate Change, Economy and Society) kick-off meeting is being held at UPMC. This European project is financed in response to the first call “Ocean for Tomorrow” of the 7th Framework Programme Research and Development. It started on March 1st, 2011 and will end on March 1st, 2015. Under UPMC leadership and involving 27 partners from 9 European countries including Russia, ACCESS main objective is to assess climatic impacts on marine transportation (including tourism), fisheries, marine mammals and the extraction of oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean. ACCESS is also highly concerned with Arctic governance and policy-makers options.

Context and Objectives:
Arctic climate change is going to have strong impacts on both marine ecosystems and human activities in the Arctic, which in turn has important socio-economic implications for Europe. ACCESS will propose Arctic climate change scenarios and evaluate their impacts on marine transportation (including tourism), fisheries, marine mammals and the extraction of hydrocarbons in the Arctic for the next decades with particular attention to environmental sensitivities and sustainability. ACCESS is engaged in integrating Arctic climate change and socioeconomic impacts and identifying Arctic governance options. ACCESS will also engage in close cooperation with indigenous people and other stakeholders.

ACCESS is composed of 5 working groups:
• A first group will focus on monitoring and modeling Arctic climate change involving ocean, atmosphere and sea-ice.
• A second group will study the opening to marine transportation of the northern passages, north of Europe and Siberia (North-East passage) and through the  Canadian Archipelago (North-West passage) as well as the impact of these  transportation activities on marine ecosystems and society.
• A third group will examine how climate change impacts on Arctic fisheries, aquaculture and livelihood, mainly in the sub-Arctic sectors such as the Barents  Sea.
• A fourth group will determine how the extraction of offshore oil and gas might be influenced and affected by climatic change, taking into account associated risks
• A fifth group will examine Arctic governance options emerging from the findings  of the other groups.

An open forum will be created for stakeholders interested in the ACCESS  consortium activities and crosscutting research. Leading experts working in the  ACCESS field of study will sit on the ACCESS advisory board.

To ensure international dissemination of ACCESS activities, specific links will be set  up with internationally renowned organizations such as the Arctic Information  Center from the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi (Finland). ACCESS has close  links with international organizations overseeing international research in the  Arctic and specifically with IASC (Arctic Council) via ISAC (International Study of  Arctic Change).

Communication within ACCESS is led by UPMC and involves collaboration with all ACCESS partners, the steering committee, the coordinator, the manager of  ACCESS and the European Commission. The project results will be disseminated by various means such as quarterly newsletters and will be distributed electronically  via the ACCESS website :


Sep 18, 2010
Laetitia Nitkiewicz
Sep 19, 2011

Developing Arctic Modeling and Observing Capabilities for Long-term Environmental Studies