The climate change in the Arctic regions will increase tourism, maritime traffic, fishing and the use of natural resources. This will boost demand for the monitoring of the Arctic environment and related service activities. The Arctic Science Networking Workshop organized by the Finnish Meteorological Institute decided to launch the operations of the Arctic Regional Climate Center already this year.
Developed by the World Meteorological Organization WMO, the Arctic Regional Climate Center (Arctic RCC) is a centre with whose help all countries of the Arctic region will gather observational data from the region into one place. The Norwegian Meteorological Institute will lead the work. In the initial stages, the center will gather data and forecasts of temperatures, rainfall and ice conditions in the polar regions.
Deepening the meteorological cooperation is one of the important themes of the Finnish Chairmanship period in the Arctic Council.