Improving Arctic Marine Transportation

How can we ensure safer, and more culturally sensitive, marine transportation in the Arctic?

The remote and rapidly changing Arctic environment poses substantial safety and management challenges to commercial mariners, local communities, and emergency responders in the region. In partnership with the Canadian Coast Guard, Oceans North Canada and the Canadian Ice Service, Dr. Dawson and her team will work with local communities to identify sensitive, traditional and culturally important marine areas in the Arctic, and will also study trends in non- commercial ship traffic in the region.

The information gathered by Dr. Dawson will be integrated into the larger Northern Marine Transportation Corridors Initiative, a Government of Canada initiative that is identifying key transit routes used by commercial mariners in the Arctic to help determine the navigation services, infrastructure and emergency response services needed in the area. Dr. Dawson’s work will improve the Initiative’s ability to accommodate the needs of northern communities and non-commercial vessels in their planning.

Improving Arctic Marine Transportation