About the Project
The 21st century has brought unprecedented interest in Arctic resources, turning the region from the world’s periphery into the center of global attention. Driven by global climate change and related to it industrial and economic activities, within the next 50 years, Arctic coastal communities, their habitual environment and traditional lifestyle will undergo severe changes.
By 2025, we can see an increase of total activity level in the Arctic. It concerns coastal and intercontinental traffic, the fisheries, oil and gas industry, maritime tourism, research and other governmental activities. Starting from this year on, there will be:
- more oil and gas deposit fields opened for licensing,
- more trade and tourism ships crossing the ocean,
- more industrial projects overall in the Northern Periphery and Arctic region.
All these, if we want it or not, will bring new ecological risks to the region.
We have currently a great deal of gaps in our preparedness system to accidents at sea. Let's number them, one by one.
- We have not analyzed future maritime activities to happen in the region, thus we do not have a clear picture what to expect.
- We do not have enough equipment, or what they call capacity and competence, to respond not only oil spills but also save passengers on cruise liners if an incident occurs.
- We lack common training and exercise platforms for education between universities and other educational institutions.
Overall project goal is to work with the following issues:
- Pooling competences across the region;
- Upskilling local authorities in charge of oil spill response at sea;
- Raising awareness in coastal communities;
- Protecting natural and cultural heritage.
Among the main project objectives are to:
- Introduce local coastal authorities to state-of-the-art technologies to improve organizational knowledge and operational performance;
- Make sure that internationally/locally discovered know-hows are recognized and used;
- Form a transnational expert pool to share knowledge on oil behavior on sea, oil spill response methods, experience with tools and models;
- Provide local authorities and communities with an open access knowledge bank;
- Offer a decision-making tool to aid efficient response, aimed at minimizing ecological risks;
- Offer interactive educational material to educational institutes.
- WP1 - Best Technological Practices
- WP2 - Interactive Smart Map
- WP3 - Shared Oil Weathering Database and Oil Spill Response Model
- WP4 - Environmental Contamination and Ecological Impact
- WP5 - Communication
- WP6 - Management
The project duration is 3 years. The final results will be published by April, 2020.
All work packages and especially their results are targeted to:
- Us, communities living in the North - how aware we are about the processes of development in the European Arctic; and
- Local coastal authorities in charge of oil spill response - how ready they are and equipped to locate and remove oil from Arctic waters.
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