Shrinking Sea Ice

An integrated risk/scenario-based approach to framing solutions for potential marine incidents is presented in the context of reduced sea ice in the Arctic region. The author discusses risk factors for marine incidents in the Arctic, shipping accessibility, Arctic sovereignty disputes, Arctic cruise tourism, potential impact to Arctic ecosystems, impact of marine pollution incidents on indigenous people, and proactive efforts. Key recommendations of the Coastal Response Research Center's Opening of the Arctic Seas Workshop are examined, and include: instituting detailed and legally binding Arctic operation regulations; increasing emergency response equipment stockpiles and strategically stationing equipment so that it is readily accessible to all parts of the Arctic; and using comprehensive multi-national agreements and contingency plans to enhance response coordination. Inserts provide detail on Arctic sea ice reduction and arctic navigation challenges.


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  • Accession Number: 01153618
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 2010 3:36PM