Chinese Version of the Arctic Climate Change Update 2021 Report Translated and Produced by FIO Scientists Officially Released

Established in 1991 by eight Arctic countries under the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) is dedicated to monitoring and assessing the situation of pollution and climate change in the Arctic region, and publishing authoritative policy-relevant assessment reports and public service products from a scientific point of view. AMAP organized a number of experts from all over the world to compile and publish the English version of the Arctic Climate Change Update 2021: Key Trends and Impacts—Summary for Policy-makers (hereinafter referred to as the "2021 report") in May 2021, and all chapters of the report were subjected to anonymous peer review. At the invitation of AMAP, the First Institute of Oceanography of the Ministry of Natural Resources (FIO, MNR) translated and produced the Chinese version and Chinese video introduction of the report to facilitate Chinese readers, which have been officially released online by AMAP.

The 2021 report provides updates on key issues and changes since the Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA) 2017 assessment and the Arctic Climate Change Update 2019 report. The Chinese version of the 2021 report is a summary that can be directly referenced by policymakers, for it summarizes the latest findings on extreme events; connections between Arctic change and mid-latitude weather; ecosystem-climate connections, including impacts and feedback; and observed (and in some cases projected) societal impacts of Arctic climate change. The 2021 report also provides updated projections of Arctic climate change from the next generation of climate models and scenarios, and puts forward scientific suggestions for adapting to and mitigating future climate change. Key findings of this report include: 1. The physical drivers of Arctic change continue to change rapidly; 2. Extreme events in the Arctic are changing in frequency and intensity; 3. Climate change is having major impacts on Arctic communities; 4. Arctic ecosystems are experiencing rapid, transformational changes; 5. Changes in the Arctic have global consequences; 6. The latest climate models continue to project that the Arctic will warm rapidly over the course of this century.

The translation of the Chinese version and the Chinese video was jointly completed by Dr. Wang Shizhu, Researcher Shu Qi and Researcher Qiao Fangli from the FIO, MNR. At present, the report is available in English, Chinese and Japanese, and the public can access the text and Chinese video introduction of the report through the following links.


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