Arctic Preparedness Platform for Oil Spill and other Environmental Accidents (APP4SEA)


How come warm? Isn't it freezing cold in the Arctic? Yes, it used to be, but for the last two decades, the answer is NO. Global climate change heats up the Arctic Ocean and melts all the ice been up there for ages. This project works with the main result of such warming - opening of the ocean surface

There are two main aspects:

  1. Ice-free seas let global shipping activity turn from the Suez Canal to the Arctic Ocean;
  2. All oil and gas reserves stored in the Arctic "fridge" become available for developing.

This is not bad from trade and energy perspectives, but totally unexpected and unprepared if one of the ships or oil platforms collapses at sea. Since northerners have not experienced any large-scale oil spills historically, which is not luck - but simply because everything was frozen around, WE ARE NOT READY FOR IT!

This is why we have APP4SEA. It addresses the issue of oil spill accidents in the Arctic marine environment. The main goal is to improve our preparedness for such accidents, save the environment and keep communities and their sea food supply safe

Read more in "About the Project".


Project Manager Niko Hänninen
Lead Partner University of Oulu, Finland
Email niko.hanninen{at}
Tel: +358 40 704 5512

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