The changing Arctic inquiry: a response from the British ecological society to the house of commons environmental audit committee.
This paper presents the response of the British Ecological Society to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee wherein the following questions were addressed: (i)What are the most significant environmental changes taking place in the Arctic? What might they mean for the UK, for example in terms of sea level rise or changes to climate? How well prepared is the UK Government for these impacts?; and (ii)How active has Government been in supporting UK research in the Arctic? What impact has the Natural Environmental Research Council's (NERC's) recent 5-year research programme had so far? Are there any gaps in the current research programme that the NERC should address in future programmes?