The WOC is the ocean business community partner of the EU-funded Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE) Project which aims to collect more data in the Arctic by:

  • Coordinating improved use of existing polar research vessels;
  • Working through the WOC to engage commercial vessels operating in the Arctic to collect oceanic and atmospheric data.


The ARICE project targets to reduce risks to industry activities by making the scope and scale of Arctic ocean and atmosphere observations wider, in order to improve the understanding, modelling, and predicting of operating conditions.

The WOC efforts in the Arctic via ARICE are uner the global WOC 'Smart Ocean-Smart Industries' program which works to engage ocean companies to host or deploy instruments on vessels and platforms, or share data from previous studies.

The WOC CEO will be presenting information on these efforts at the forthcoming Arctic Observing Summit, which will take place on Davos, from 24 to 26 June.