The Arctic market is different from anything we’ve ever seen before. The business opportunity, driven by vast natural resources and new transportation routes, is enormous – this much we know for sure. The Nordic countries and Russia alone will invest an estimated 100 billion euros in it by 2020. Already now, there is a high demand for clean technology and other sustainable solutions. It is quite clear that, whether in production, technology sector, or business services, it is crucial to follow the new market closely and proactively.
In the 7th thematic webinar, concepts of information sharing and communication will be discussed. Questions will focus on the role of observers in mediating the information stream, both through development of data streams, products, and interaction with communities, as well as acceptance of input from interested parties and stakeholders.The webinar will be available through Webex (details available at www.arctichub.net).
The 5th Arctic Business Forum in March 2014 introduces the Rising Business Potential in the Arctic Vast natural resources and melting of arctic sea ice have led the arctic regions to become an interesting new destination for investments. Only this decade the European High North region hold ongoing and planned investments worth of over more than 100 billion euro. The 5th Arctic Business Forum conference will be held at Rovaniemi, Finland from March 11th to 13th, 2014.
This workshop on 12 March will focus on the risks from operating in ice with a particular focus on the gap between the different rules and regulations of the IACS Polar Class Rules, the (draft) IMO Polar Code and the lack of a pan-Arctic benchmark for determining when different ice class requirements apply. In this workshop, the world’s leading marine, insurance and ice experts will try to come to a consensus to highlight these issues.
Climate change is complicating the variables that Alaskans consider when planning for the future. Communities, agencies and other entities have begun to grapple with both the information that they need to adapt to a changing climate and how the processes and practices of science should change to make science more useful. We reviewed and coded sixty-three documents that expressed practical research needs related to climate change in Alaska.
With the melting of Arctic sea ice, the predictions for the shipping sector in the Arctic have radically changed. The Northern Sea Route and the North West Passage could become major trading routes in the near future. Transports between Europe and Asia could be cut by up to 40 % in costs and time. The Arctic maritime traffic will most likely be dominated by transit shipping of natural resources from the Arctic region to the world market. But is the Arctic prepared for this increase in Arctic shipping?
Presenter: Dr. David A. Robinson - Rutgers University, Department of Geography
Annual snow cover extent (SCE) over Northern Hemisphere (NH) lands averages 25.8 million square kilometers. It ranges from an average of 47.1 million sq. km. in January to 3.0 million sq. km. (mostly atop the Greenland Ice Sheet) in August. SCE is calculated at the Rutgers Global Snow Lab from daily SCE maps produced by meteorologists at the National Ice Center, who rely primarily on visible satellite imagery to construct the maps.
The 18th Alpine Glaciology Meeting (AGM) will take place in Innsbruck, Austria, on February 27-28, 2014.
The AGM is an informal platform where young and senior researchers can meet in a relaxed atmosphere and we very much look forward to provide this setting also for the 18th AGM in Innsbruck. Contributions (oral and poster presentations) addressing all kind of cryospheric topics are welcome and no registration fee is required.