The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) works to make sure the UK has secure, clean, affordable energy supplies and promotes international action to mitigate climate change. DECC supports NERC in studying the consequences of climate change, including impacts on ocean acidification and the Arctic environment. These are very likely to impact on the UK in coming decades.
DECC have provided the ARP with £250,000 for 13 ARGO ocean observation floats which have been deployed near the sea-ice margin in the Greenland and Norwegian Seas. They have ice avoidance software installed and several are equipped with oxygen and chlorophyll sensors to provide biogeochemical data to the ARP as well as other UK scientists above and beyond the publicly available ARGO data. DECC also funded several short-term projects under the auspices of ARP in 2012, with further funding of ARP activities anticipated in 2013 and 2014.