Climate Change Adaptation Assessment for Transportation in Arctic Waters (CATAW)

Climate Change Adaptation Assessment for Transportation in Arctic Waters  (CATAW)

Primary Researchers: Lindsay Matthews, Jackie Dawson, Larissa Pizzolato

The CATAW project will undertake activities under two phases, the first is entitled Marine Shipping Data Analysis in the North and Analysis of Changing Arctic Sea Ice Conditions and their Impacts. This will consists of a data analysis of existing shipping tracks and an examination of trends and patterns, as well as a literature review on the risks and opportunities for Arctic  marine transportation. Industry and community consultations will also be conducted to verify findings, analyze the trends and these follow up interviews will ensure accuracy of modelling work on future sea ice scenarios as well as evaluating accuracy of future shipping patterns.

In order to establish a comprehensive set of feasible and affordable evidence-based adaptation strategies for dealing with climate change in the Arctic shipping sector, it is also important to have an excellent understanding of shipping governance and shipping regulation and to have access to a network of individuals working directly in the shipping industry (i.e. operators, policy-makers, NGO, local residents, etc.). Once sufficient understanding has been generated via phase 1 of the project, it will then be possible to create evidence-based policy options and adaptation strategies and to further evaluate those options using validated methodologies (i.e. based on factors such as affordability and feasibility). The best adaptation strategies require vetting via consultation with these relevant documents and also through discussion with all relevant stakeholders. Therefore,Phase 2 (Adaptation Strategies and Recommendations) is aimed at evaluating material obtained through Phase 1 in order to provide prioritized recommendations for the shipping industry and government to adapt to climate change impacts at three time scales.

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This work is part of a Transport Canada funded project led by Jackie Dawson and Luke Copland, with additional partners including Margaret Johnston from Lakehead University and Jim Parson from Memorial University.