About ARC-HU

The Arctic and its adjacent region is highly sensitive to global warming. For example, the last 35 years have seen a decline of the summer Arctic sea ice extent by approximately two-thirds. This environmental change in the Arctic is not only affecting the climate and the ecosystems in the region but it is also directly related to global environmental changes through the water and atmospheric cycles. On the other hand, these changes in the Arctic environment are attracting growing economic and geopolitical interest given the enormous strategic importance of the Arctic and the vast amount of natural resources that are gradually becoming more accessible through northern sea routes as the sea ice retreats. Our aim is to work out solutions to global problems through comprehensive and integrated research on the Arctic in order to contribute towards the sustainable development and the conservation of the Arctic. For that purpose, we put together researchers of all fields in Hokkaido University, ranging from natural sciences to human and social sciences, so that we can advance cutting-edge and interdisciplinary research activities as well as exploratory studies. We also strive to facilitate international cooperation by unifying international exchanges concerning the Arctic research in the whole university. Interdisciplinary cooperation will be promoted by the governance of URA. In cooperation with the National Institute of Polar Research, and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, we serve as a national center for Arctic Research, and contribute to policy making about the Arctic at national and international forums. Our vision at ARC-HU is to contribute towards the sustainable use and conservation of the Arctic region. This is articulated through the following three fields: 1.Promote advanced field research and expand international cooperation and network 2.Establish new Arctic science through trans-disciplinary approach 3.Promote cooperation and collaboration among Industry, Government and Academia