Arctic Marine Shipping
Historically, the harsh environment, difficult access to resources, and scattered populations has hindered rapid development and communication in the circumpolar region. In the past half-century, however, technological advances have increased the rate of development and climate change has become a major force shaping the future of the North. While an increase in accessibility and marine activity will require greater support and pose increased environmental risks, it will also lead to opportunities of social and economic development through increased investment and infrastructure, and to improved access to goods, services and supplies.
The Arctic Council through the PAME working group released the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) in 2009. This consituted the first circumpolar analysis of shipping actvities and the data developed and integrated through the AMSA process is now available for access and use through ArcticData. If you have any comments or queries or would like to be informed of updates to the Shipping component of ArcticData then please join our mailing list email@example.com