Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The pandemic influenced our way to live and our way to make science. It also gave to the scientific community the biggest experimental pool ever recorded to study the impact on the natural environment of reduced human activities. Studies reported wildfires diminishing, fisheries pausing, transport and commerce shrinking; people witnessed more wildlife sighting close to inhabited areas.

Within a case study that is part of the EU H2020 project RELIANCE (, we are building an inventory of all existing monitoring efforts of the marine environment that have been put in place in the seas and oceans, to assess the impact (or de-impact) of the Covid-19 - related lockdowns. The activities that we are focussing on have the specific aim to assess how the marine environment was (de)impacted by the absence/reduction of anthropogenic disturbances.

With this in mind, we have prepared a very short questionnaire (7 mins) and we would be very grateful if you could fill it in and/or disseminate it through your marine sciences networks.

Many thanks indeed for your time.

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APECS International Directorate
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Huginbakken 14
9019 Tromsø
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