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Co-chairs: Ronald Pelot (Dalhousie University)

Nicolien Simone Van Luijk (University of Ottawa)


Maritime shipping in the North entails some risks that differ from operations elsewhere.  Amongst other effects, potential and realized impacts on the environment are increasingly being studied to determine improved methods for risk mitigation.  Contaminants can affect the air, water, benthic zone, and shoreline. Disturbances arise from ship wakes, light pollution, and mammal strikes among other things.  Some impacts are continuous, such as vessel noise or air emissions, while others may be accidental and rare, such as significant oil spills.   All of these issues are already being addressed through the IMO (International Maritime Organization), governments, shipping companies, and multiple technological developments. Nevertheless, many recent and ongoing initiatives to manage such impacts focus on the north due to its harsh ocean and atmospheric conditions, remoteness, relatively pristine environment and sensitivity to disturbances, the reliance of the residents on natural resources for their livelihood, and other region-specific factors.

This session will comprise a set of presentations on research advances on multiple aspects of diverse shipping impacts in the north: advances in data collection, analysis and dissemination; modelling of shipping activities and trends; improved models of the hazardous phenomena; advances in capturing cumulative impacts from multiple stressors; and advances in risk analysis and management approaches to mitigate the shipping consequences through improved prevention and response.