Circumpolar safety, search and rescue collaboration - Risk Assessment of Arctic Operations


  • 15:00 Risk Management in the Arctic: Risk & Uncertainty
    Authors: Hannah Hernandez ( University of Copenhagen )

    The Arctic is experiencing significant change as ice free waters become a reality and we see an increase in industrial development and activity. As this activity expands across the region, risk management is purport as the most responsible way to manage the uncertainties ahead. Throughout this presentation, I shall share my research on what methods are used to assess risks, what measures are in place to address them, and whether they are sufficient to manage the dynamic challenges of developing the region. I will discuss the processes of taking unknowns and uncertainties and translating them into calculable, manageable risks that can be quantified and acted upon. I will also describe at what techniques are being used to identify, analyse, classify, mitigate and manage the risks in this Arctic. In order to develop the region safely and responsibly, it is important to analyse and assess these practices to determine if the existing procedures are sufficient against the full scope of challenges facing the region. Backed by theory, the primary purpose of this presentation is to highlight some of the potential shortcomings within risk management and will focus specifically on forecasting and risk assessment. I will conclude by offering some insight into my research for addressing these shortcomings and a discussion on my research for embracing the uncertainties the future holds.

  • 15:15 Challenges of Collaborative Oil Spill Response and Sustainability of Recovery Methods in the Arctic Ocean: Case of the Norwegian and the Barents Seas
    Authors: Victor Pavlov ( University of Oulu ); Ensieh Kheiri Pileh Roud ( Nord University )

    The rise of maritime activity in the Arctic due to oil and gas exploration and exploitation and tourist cruise shipping also generated concerns for sufficient and adequate oil spill response and search and rescue capacities and capabilities. The Arctic sea region has one of the most pristine, yet inhospitable environments on the planet, and any minor event in this environment can easily become a major disaster not only for the people and companies involved, but also for the local environment and its ecosystem. Due to long distances, unfavorable weather conditions and scarce resources for effective oil response response in the Arctic, inter-organizational collaboration is required. Large-scale emergencies are even more challenging tasks and demand extra competence for collaboration between emergency preparedness organizations due to its complexity.

    This paper looks at Arctic waters in the Norwegian and the Barents Sea with focus on large-scale oil spill consequences on the environment and the economy as well as the technology for sustainable recovery. Oil spill response methods at sea, in particular, are mutually compared based on a set of sustainability indicators. Moreover, this work focuses on the need for competencies related to large-scale oil spill response and the challenges of inter-organizational collaboration. The paper has qualitative research approach and the data is collected from semi-structured interviews, exercise observations in addition to secondary data. The secondary data consists of governmental reports, protocols, organization website and logbooks.

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Tuesday 23rd January 2018

15:00 - 15:30

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