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GRID Arendal

Environmental information on the polar regions, the Nordic countries and adjacent seas.

Part of the UNEP GRID network (see separate entry).

UNEP/GRID-Arendal concentrates its efforts on the collection integration, analysis and dissemination of environmental data from existing sources. GRID-Arendal specialises in advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS), data preparation and modelling, database development, data searching and communication via tools such as the Internet and World Wide Web. Another important aspect is networking with partner agencies and assisting cooperating institutions in capacity building.

WWW includes downloadable maps and GIS data on the regions it covers (plus maps/data from the GEO1 report)

Published Documents

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Waste Management Outlook for Mountain Regions - Sources and Solutions | GRID-Arendal - Publications
B. Alfthan (ed); A. Ramola / GRID Arendal 2016
Mountains play an essential role in supplying water, energy, food and other services to millions of people living in the mountains and downstream. Ensuring the continued supply of these services has never been more important. However,...
Mesophotic coral ecosystems - a lifeboat for coral reefs?
E. Baker (ed); Kimberly A. Puglise; Peter T. Harris / GRID Arendal 2016
The shallow coral reefs that we all know, are like the tip of an iceberg - they are the more visible part of an extensive coral ecosystem that reaches into depths far beyond where most people visit.  The invisible reefs, known as...
The ocean and us: how healthy marine and coastal ecosystems support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
C. Neumann (ed) / GRID Arendal 2015
The ocean has been a cornerstone of human development throughout the history of civilization. People continue to come to the coasts to build some of the largest cities on the planet, with thriving economies, culture and communities. O...
Endangered reefs, threatened people
L.H. Pendleton / GRID Arendal 2016
In a recent study, a group of scientists mapped human dependence on coral reefs and future threats to them. The findings are worrying – many places where people depend on coral reefs are the same places that are mostly li...
Blue Carbon
GRID Arendal 2015
If the world is to decisively deal with climate change, every source of emissions and every option for reducing these should be scientifically evaluated and brought to the international community’s attention. Oceans and ocean eco...
United Nations World Ocean Assessment
GRID Arendal 2016
The first World Ocean Assessment (WOA) is a report on the state of the planet’s oceans. It is the product of the first cycle of the Regular Process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, inclu...
Marine ecosystem services and the Sustainable Development Goals
GRID Arendal 2016
How do marine ecosystem services support the Sustainable Development Goals?   Marine and coastal ecosystems are vital to life on Earth. These ecosystems provide many “service...
Marine Litter Vital Graphics | GRID-Arendal - Publications
Joan Fabres (ed) / GRID Arendal 2016
Every year, the sum of humanity’s knowledge increases exponentially. And as we learn more, we also learn there is much we still don’t know. Plastic litter in our oceans is one area where we need to learn more, and we need to...
The Himalayan climate and water atlas: impact of climate change on water resources in five of Asia's major river basins
A.B. Shrestha / GRID Arendal 2015
The first atlas of its kind, this new publication offers a comprehensive, regional understanding of the changing climate and its impact on water resources in five of the major river basins in the region: the Indus, Brahmaputra, Ganges...
Sustainable mountain development in East Africa in a changing climate
GRID Arendal 2015
People who live in the world’s mountainous areas are particularly vulnerable to climate change. In 2014 a global project that supports developing countries with mountain regions was launched to support the integration of climate...
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