2013 – Geopolitics and marine production in a changing Arctic

New opportunities create new challenges. This principle is central to how we must explore, develop and manage the Arctic. Today the Arctic is an emerging energy and mineral province, with the extraction of natural resources projected to increase dramatically in the coming years. New industrial activities, a changing business community and demographic
dynamics will alter the established social structures in several regions of the Arctic. Non-Arctic Asian and European states and the European Union, are increasingly focusing more attention on
the changing Arctic. How will these new players alter the game?

The 7th Arctic Frontiers conference addresses the contemporary and emerging political issues for the changing Arctic. How do states in and outside the region prepare strategically for the
new Arctic reality? How does the global security architecture impact on security in the Arctic? How important is Arctic oil and gas production for global demand and energy security of
various states? How will traditional businesses interact with new industry, and if and how will profits from industrial activities benefit the people living in the High North.

Change is the keyword which best describes the future of the Arctic. A warming Arctic with less ice creates economic opportunities but also presents new challenges for Arctic stakeholders.
Join us at this year`s Arctic Frontiers Conference to engage with the experts and be ready to meet the challenges that lie ahead for the Arctic.

Science

  • Part I: Geopolitics in a Changing Arctic – increasing in importance in the Arctic. The overall aim of this part of the conference is to identify and discuss the conditions that are necessary for continued stability in light of new developments in the region.
  • Part II: Marine Harvesting in the Arctic – Scientific evidence is growing that indicates Arctic marine ecosystems are changing in response to increasing air and water temperatures and  eduction in sea ice cover. Arctic species are experiencing increased competition from invasive temperate species. A changing Arctic ecology will challenge traditional harvest activities in the Arctic, while also providing new opportunities.
  • Part III: Arctic Marine Productivity – Arctic ecosystems are presently undergoing rapid climate – induced changes and these changes are expected to amplify in the coming decades. At the same time, human activities are increasing and this trend is expected to continue. The combination of changes in climate and human activities will alter the future structure and functioning of Arctic ecosystems.

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