Call for Abstracts
Arctic Frontiers 2024

29 January-1 February 2024
Tromsø, Norway

Abstract submission deadline: 15 September 2023

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Organizers invite session abstracts for Arctic Frontiers 2024. This theme of conference will be Actions and Reactions. This conference will take place 29 January-1 February 2024 in Tromsø, Norway.

Conveners of the following session invites abstracts:

SESSION 01 – Navigating a Changing Arctic: Innovations for Sustainable Maritime Development
Conveners: William Copeland, Benjamin Strong, Penny Wagner, Malin Johansson, and Ed Blockley

The Arctic’s most sensitive climate indicator is the sea ice cover, and while older ice is disappearing, even conservative forecasts show residual patches remaining at the end of summer. These represent the greatest hazard to maritime activity when incorporated into the seasonal refreeze.

For an increase in maritime activities to be sustainable in an environmentally safe and green way, timely and reliable weather, ice, and oceanographic forecasts and information are needed at spatial and temporal scales that support all types of users. Monitoring and modelling must be sufficiently detailed so that specific features can be tracked, and processes better understood which will allow for early warning systems for maritime activity. All these aspects require improved satellite observations and other remote sensing observations of the cryosphere. To achieve this, in situ observations, both in and on the ocean, coupled with digital twin-like simulations, are required.

Collaboration between maritime actors, indigenous peoples and research is needed to maximize ground truth availability. Additionally, good communication of the monitoring is required, and how it links to mid-latitude [meteorological] events, to ensure that reactions to the need for improved Arctic monitoring are able to translate into policy-related actions. This session highlights the importance of understanding user needs in order to ensure that our monitoring and forecasting capabilities remain relevant and effective in addressing future Arctic maritime challenges.

Abstracts including the following aspects are recommended for this session:

  • Innovations and research developments in shipping, transport and maritime activities
  • Industry applications and developments in sustainable maritime developments
  • Modelling and observations of sea-ice and maritime events (oil spills, ship tracking etc)
  • Forecasting and modelling weather and sea-ice interactions
  • Search and rescue policies, developments and research applications

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For questions about this session, contact:
William Copeland
Email: williamjp [at]