Ocean Acidification in the Arctic: effects of ice (СARSIC).

The project CARSIC was managed by The Norwegian Institute for Water research (NIVA) during the period from 2013 to 2016.

It was dedicated to developing a basic knowledge of the Arctic Ocean biogeochemistry and ocean acidification. The main aim of the project is to estimate future carbonate system parameters state in the Arctic Ocean.

CARSIC addresses the goals and objectives of the POLRES program, Sub-program II: Norway - Russia, and in particular contributes to scientific renewal, development and recognition in the field of marine biogeochemistry.

The main objective of the project is to advance the state-of-the-art regarding our knowledge of contemporary and future ocean acidification state in the Arctic Ocean.


To obtain new information on carbonate system parameters in the Arctic based on international, Norwegian and Russian achieve data;
To receive new knowledge on the influence of the ice on the biogeochemical and carbonate system parameter distributions on the base of the field studies in Svalbard;
To compare the reproducibility of Russian and Norwegian methods of the carbonate system parameter analysis.


The study was supported by the Norwegian Scientific Foundation (NRC) projects 227151 CARSIC - Ocean Acidification in the Arctic: effects of ice and 246752 POMPA-Pollutants and carbonate system parameters in polar environment media: snow-ice-seawater-sediments-coastal discharge.

Last updated 12.12.2013