Developed by the International Polar Foundation in partnership with Atelier Bruckner, the DAMOCLES mobile exhibition features multimedia animations, texts, pictures and objects, giving visitors a great overview of both the DAMOCLES project and of the importance of the Arctic Region and how it fits into the larger Climate Change challenge.
The exhibition, developed from the outset as a mobile installation, travelled to various locations during the 2007-2008 International Polar Year.
This DAMOCLES exhibition was a great opportunity for the International Polar Foundation to work with a broad network of scientists and to present a complex scientific project to a wide audience in a comprehensive but approachable way.
The DAMOCLES project
The DAMOCLES (Developing Arctic Modeling and Observing Capabilities for Long-term Environmental Studies) project is an integrated ice-atmosphere-ocean monitoring and forecasting system designed for observing, understanding and quantifying climate change in the Arctic. An advanced observing system was developed and deployed, providing for the first time, synoptic, continuous and long-term monitoring of the lower atmosphere, sea ice and upper ocean.
DAMOCLES represents the integrated efforts of 45 European research institutions including 8 SMEs distributed among 12 European countries including Russia, and coordinated with the USA, Canada and Japan.
The Arctic over the last 2-3 decades has warmed more than other regions of the world, and the sea-ice cover has decreased significantly in the same period. A first-order scientific and societal question is whether the Arctic perennial sea-ice will disappear in a few decades (or even faster, as predicted by some state-of-art climate models).
DAMOCLES is specifically concerned with the potential for a significantly reduced sea ice cover, and the impacts this might have on the environment and on human activities, both regionally and globally.
The ultimate goal of DAMOCLES is to lengthen the lead-time of extreme climate changes predicted to occur in the Arctic within this century according to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) and thus to improve the ability of society to mitigate for its impacts. The changing Arctic climate is already having and will continue to have a wide range of impacts on human activities, such as fisheries, shipping, offshore oil and gas production at regional, national and local levels.