Raising awareness about oil spill response in the Arctic marine environment
Organised by APP4SEA

The eyes of the world have been fixed on the Arctic region as the most potential source of unused oil and gas deposits and also as a shipping route between east and west. The wildest predictions about oil and gas extraction have not materialized yet, as the economic viability of such operations and the great technological challenges associated with it have been blamed for these shortcomings. However, there is definitely signs that shipping is increasing on the northern sea routes. One issue, which has not recei-ved as much attention in this context, are the challenges related to oil spill accidents. In January 2018, after studying the Arctic Ocean in multiple geographical marine areas, oil spill response (OSR) experts concluded in a 100-page technical report that natural climate conditions of the region are too challen-ging for the present level of OSR preparedness. There are still many technological limitations and no optimized strategies for oil spill abatement. Thus, OSR issues are and will stay of a relevant discussion.

“Arctic Preparedness Platform for Oil Spill and other Environmental Accidents (APP4SEA)” is an EU-funded project of the Northern Periphery and Arctic programme, which addresses this issue and contributes to this discussion. The target group of the project is the authorities and other organisations involved in OSR issues. The project will draft recommendations and suggestions for them, but the project aims to reach wider circles as well. The project aims to raise awareness of the general public about this topic via implementation of the latest educational solutions: smart, interactive and youthful.

The APP4SEA project is organizing a side event at the Arctic Frontiers 2019 conference in order to reach out those friends of the Arctic, who have a special interest towards the Arctic marine environment. Experts from the project partners will present their latest findings on the topic and the main project deliverable – interactive smart map – will be presented to the participants of the event.

The programme of the event is below:

  • What is APP4SEA?, Eva Pongrácz, University of Oulu, Finland
  • What is the current status of the Arctic OSR preparedness?, Jorma Rytkönen, Finnish Institute for Environment
  • How to predict the spreading of oil? Oil spill models in the Arctic environment, Lars R. Hole, Norwegian meteorological institute
  • Who is in danger in case of an oil spill? Bird species oil vulnerability in the Arctic, Nina O’Hanlon, Environmental Research Institute, University of Highlands and Islands, Scotland
  • New tools to raise awareness about the risks of Arctic oil spills – APP4SEA Smart map, Thorsteinn Helgi Steinarsson, University of Iceland
  • Concluding remarks, Eva Pongrácz

Presenter biographies:

Lars R. Hole has his MSc from the University of Bergen in 1994 and a PhD from the University Centre on Svalbard in 1998. He currently works at the Division of Oceanography and Marine Meteorology at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute in Bergen. His main research interests are oil drift modelling and application of autonomous vessels for marine research. He works mostly on international projects related to marine pollution and marine forecasting from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico, Africa and South East Asia.

Nina O'Hanlon is a Seabird Ecologist (Postdoctoral Research Assistant) at the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), University of the Highlands and Islands, investigating anthropogenic threats (oil and plastic) to seabirds in the northeastern Atlantic. She works on two NPA projects, APP4SEA and Blue Circular Economy. Prior to joining ERI, Nina completed a PhD investigating spatial variation in Herring Gull egg traits, resource use and movement amoung multiple colonies across south-east Scotland and Northern Ireland. Nina is fascinated by all aspects of ornithology and conservation, with particular research interests in foraging ecology, movement behaviour, oology and anthropogenic impacts on species and habitats.

Eva Pongrácz is professor of energy systems an environmental engineering at the University of Oulu, Faculty of Technology. She is leading the energy research group within the Water, energy and environmental engineering research unit. She has background in mechanical engineering, as well as environmental engineering and management. Her main research focus is smart energy systems and sustainable resources management, with special focus on Arctic issues. She has over 160 scientific publications and her h-index is 18.

Jorma Rytkönen represents the competent oil combating authority of Finland, i.e. the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). Currently he is the Head of the Unit/Pollution Response. He has more than 30 years background in R&D sector of maritime safety and operations with oil pollution response and risk assessment type of projects. During his career he has been involved with several oil recovery design and testing aspects including the subjects “oil bioremediation and oil-in-ice”.

Thorsteinn Helgi Steinarsson (MSc) is heading the SW development team of Efla Consulting Engineers in Iceland and participating in the App4Sea project on behalf of the University of Iceland. He has extensive international experience from various high-tech start-up companies, projects for the EU as well as working for governmental institutions in Iceland and Norway. He developed EEG systems for epilesy and sleep analysis, fishbone-cutting systems using X-ray and 3D camera, management systems for biometric passport issuance, and communication systems for satellite and mobile phones. He is now at Efla leading a team that works with GIS systems, AI Image analysis, Smart Building Systems and Automation.

More info about APP4SEA: http://app4sea.interreg-npa.eu/

Organised by APP4SEA

Funded by Northern Periphery and the Arctic Programme, European Union Regional Development Fund

For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com

Arena Arena

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

14:30 - 16:30

Clarion Hotel The Edge - Edge 11th floor (Skybar)

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Organised by APP4SEA
The eyes of the world have been fixed on the Arctic region as the most potential source of unused oil and gas deposits and also as a shipping route between east and west. The wildest predictions about oil and gas extraction have not materialized yet, as the economic viability of such operations and the great technological challenges associated with it have been blamed for these shortcomings. However, there is definitely signs that shipping is increasing on the northern sea routes. One issue, which has not recei-ved as much attention in this context, are the challenges related to oil spill accidents. In January 2018, after studying the Arctic Ocean in multiple geographical marine areas, oil spill response (OSR) experts concluded in a 100-page technical report that natural climate conditions of the region are too challen-ging for the present level of OSR preparedness. There are still many technological limitations and no optimized strategies for oil spill abatement. Thus, OSR issues are and will stay of a relevant discussion. “Arctic Preparedness Platform for Oil Spill and other Environmental Accidents (APP4SEA)” is an EU-funded project of the Northern Periphery and Arctic programme, which addresses this issue and contributes to this discussion. The target group of the project is the authorities and other organisations involved in OSR issues. The project will draft recommendations and suggestions for them, but the project aims to reach wider circles as well. The project aims to raise awareness of the general public about this topic via implementation of the latest educational solutions: smart, interactive and youthful. The APP4SEA project is organizing a side event at the Arctic Frontiers 2019 conference in order to reach out those friends of the Arctic, who have a special interest towards the Arctic marine environment. Experts from the project partners will present their latest findings on the topic and the main project deliverable – interactive smart map – will be presented to the participants of the event. The programme of the event is below: What is APP4SEA?, Eva Pongrácz, University of Oulu, Finland What is the current status of the Arctic OSR preparedness?, Jorma Rytkönen, Finnish Institute for Environment How to predict the spreading of oil? Oil spill models in the Arctic environment, Lars R. Hole, Norwegian meteorological institute Who is in danger in case of an oil spill? Bird species oil vulnerability in the Arctic, Nina O’Hanlon, Environmental Research Institute, University of Highlands and Islands, Scotland New tools to raise awareness about the risks of Arctic oil spills – APP4SEA Smart map, Thorsteinn Helgi Steinarsson, University of Iceland Concluding remarks, Eva Pongrácz Presenter biographies: Lars R. Hole has his MSc from the University of Bergen in 1994 and a PhD from the University Centre on Svalbard in 1998. He currently works at the Division of Oceanography and Marine Meteorology at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute in Bergen. His main research interests are oil drift modelling and application of autonomous vessels for marine research. He works mostly on international projects related to marine pollution and marine forecasting from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico, Africa and South East Asia. Nina O'Hanlon is a Seabird Ecologist (Postdoctoral Research Assistant) at the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), University of the Highlands and Islands, investigating anthropogenic threats (oil and plastic) to seabirds in the northeastern Atlantic. She works on two NPA projects, APP4SEA and Blue Circular Economy. Prior to joining ERI, Nina completed a PhD investigating spatial variation in Herring Gull egg traits, resource use and movement amoung multiple colonies across south-east Scotland and Northern Ireland. Nina is fascinated by all aspects of ornithology and conservation, with particular research interests in foraging ecology, movement behaviour, oology and anthropogenic impacts on species and habitats. Eva Pongrácz is professor of energy systems an environmental engineering at the University of Oulu, Faculty of Technology. She is leading the energy research group within the Water, energy and environmental engineering research unit. She has background in mechanical engineering, as well as environmental engineering and management. Her main research focus is smart energy systems and sustainable resources management, with special focus on Arctic issues. She has over 160 scientific publications and her h-index is 18. Jorma Rytkönen represents the competent oil combating authority of Finland, i.e. the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). Currently he is the Head of the Unit/Pollution Response. He has more than 30 years background in R&D sector of maritime safety and operations with oil pollution response and risk assessment type of projects. During his career he has been involved with several oil recovery design and testing aspects including the subjects “oil bioremediation and oil-in-ice”. Thorsteinn Helgi Steinarsson (MSc) is heading the SW development team of Efla Consulting Engineers in Iceland and participating in the App4Sea project on behalf of the University of Iceland. He has extensive international experience from various high-tech start-up companies, projects for the EU as well as working for governmental institutions in Iceland and Norway. He developed EEG systems for epilesy and sleep analysis, fishbone-cutting systems using X-ray and 3D camera, management systems for biometric passport issuance, and communication systems for satellite and mobile phones. He is now at Efla leading a team that works with GIS systems, AI Image analysis, Smart Building Systems and Automation. More info about APP4SEA: http://app4sea.interreg-npa.eu/ Organised by APP4SEA Funded by Northern Periphery and the Arctic Programme, European Union Regional Development Fund For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com Clarion Hotel The Edge - Edge 11th floor (Skybar)

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