Recent Ventures in Interdisciplinary Arctic Research: The ARCPATH Project

By Ogilvie, A.E.J. and Co-Authors (King, L.A., Keenlyside, N., Counillon, F., Daviðsdóttir, B., Einarsson, N., Gulev, S., Fan, K., Koenigk, T., McGoodwin, J.R., Rasmusson, M., and Yang, S.)

This paper celebrates Professor Yongqi GAO’s significant achievements in the field of interdisciplinary studies within the content of his final research project Arctic Climate Predictions: Pathways to Resilient Sustainable Societies - ARCPATH ( The disciplines represented in the project are related to climatology, anthropology, marine biology, economics, and the broad spectrum of social-ecological studies. Team members were drawn from the Nordic countries, Russia, China, the United States, and Canada. The project was transdisciplinary as well as interdisciplinary as it included collaboration with local knowledge holders. ARCPATH made significant contributions to Arctic research through an improved understanding of the mechanisms that drive climate variability in the Arctic. In tandem with this research, a combination of historical investigations and social, economic, and marine biological fieldwork was carried out for the project study areas of Iceland, Greenland, Norway, and the surrounding seas with a focus on the joint use of ocean and sea-ice data as well as social-ecological drivers, ARCPATH was able to provide an improved framework for predicting the near-term variation of Arctic climate on spatial scales relevant to society, as well as evaluating possible related changes in socioeconomic realms. In summary, through the integration of information from several different disciplines and research approaches, ARCPATH served to create new and valuable knowledge on crucial issues, thus providing new pathways to action for Arctic communities.