CliC is pleased to announce that the Arctic Freshwater Synthesis brochure is now available here! Printed copies are available upon request to Gwen Hamon (

What is the Arctic Freshwater Synthesis (AFS)?

There is increasing scientific and societal recognition that changes to the Arctic freshwater systems have produced, and could produce even greater, changes to the Arctic environment, society and economy. A healthy environment and a balanced socio-economic structure are of special importance to northern residents. Changes in these systems affect not only the Arctic but also other areas and these impacts will have consequences at the global level.

To address such concerns, the AFS will produce a Circum-Arctic review of the sources, fluxes, storage and effects of changes in freshwater resources to be used by the scientific community and to develop policy recommendations for local, regional and national governments.

The AFS is being led and coordinated by CliC, in partnership with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP). The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also provided a substantial amount of funding to support the scientific analysis of the project.

For more information on the AFS, go to: