Climate relevant interactions and feedbacks: the key role of sea ice in the polar and global climate system (CRiceS) is a Horizon 2020, NFRF consortium that brings together a world-leading European and international team employing interdisciplinary research approaches with experience in Arctic, Antarctic, and Earth system science with expertise in (1) the coupled ocean-ice-atmosphere system, (2) polar and global oceanography, (3) polar and global atmospheric dynamics, (4) polar and global atmospheric chemistry/aerosols and clouds, (5) sea-ice and polar/global ocean biogeochemistry, (6) sea ice physics, (7) snow on sea ice, (8) climate modeling including climate projections, (9) polar and global impacts modeling and assessments, and (10) impacts of change on local Arctic communities.    

By developing improved understanding and new projections of the Arctic, Antarctic, and Earth system, CRiceS enhances our ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, supports the European Union Adaptation Strategy and the adaptation strategy of the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, supports the EU Arctic/Polar Strategy, contributes to AMAP (the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme), supports management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean through SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) and CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources), and delivers knowledge for frameworks that increase resilience to climate change.