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1 The Arctic: Opportunities and Challenges US-Canada Northern Oil and Gas Forum November 13, 2012 Fran Ulmer, Chair U.S. Arctic Research Commission

2 The Arctic: an ocean surrounded by 8 nations

3 Climate change is being felt more intensely in the Arctic and has direct consequences on global climate Summer 2002 Summer 2012

4 Oil and Gas potential: high 4

5 Shipping and Navigation Hammerfest LNG set sails for Japan via Arctic route

6 Subsistence cultures depend on healthy ecosystems

7 Arctic Challenges Arctic Opportunities Remote, cold, dark, stormy, dangerous environment Infrastructure (rare and unique) Knowledge gaps Climate & environment changing rapidly High cost operations Cumulative impacts Lack of consensus about future National security Natural resources: oil & gas International cooperation Local cooperation and knowledge sharing – strengthening resilience Shipping Tourism Fisheries Adaptive planning and design National security

8 Meeting the challenges and opportunities requires a comprehensive Arctic Strategy, including: 1. An Integrated Arctic Management Plan 2. Investment in infrastructure & development 3. Participation in international agreements (LOS & PolarCode) 4. Research and information sharing 5. Improved charting and mapping 6. Development of Best Practices for technology and Arctic design and operations

9 National Strategies for the Arctic U.S. National Security Presidential Directive 66 on Arctic Region (adopted January 2009) US Navy Arctic Road Map NOAA’s Arctic Vision and Strategy National Ocean Council’s Strategic Action Plan for Changing Conditions in the Arctic Canada’s Northern Strategy

10 Alaska Interagency Working Group Integrated Arctic Management Approach National Security Council Arctic Strategy for the USA Arctic Council Chairmanship: Canada, USA

11 Environmental Change Civil Infrastructure Natural Resource Assessment & Earth Science Arctic Human Health Indigenous Languages, Identities, Cultures US Arctic Research Commission Research Priorities

12 New USARC Oil Spill White Paper National Academies of Science study on oil spill response in Arctic marine environments debuts on December 17 th ICCOPR is working on a major update to its 1997 Research and Technology Plan Joint Industry Project on Oil Spill Response in Ice USARC Arctic Science Data Portal (coming in 2013)

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