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Richard Dewey (Ocean Networks Canada, University of Victoria)

Maia Hoeberechts (Ocean Networks Canada, University of Victoria)


Following the 2017 workshop "The North American Arctic: Building a Vision for Regional Collaboration", this session considers contributions from research, science and technology, and cooperative efforts across the North American Arctic (NAA).  As neighboring countries in the Arctic, North American states will benefit by cooperating to advance shared interests in Arctic development and security.  To do so, developing productive partnerships among stakeholders from government, communities, research, security, and industry is fundamental.

Collaborative research can advance science, technology, domain awareness, integration of disciplines, fill gaps in observations, establish best practices for engagement of local/indigenous communities, and synthesis of western and indigenous knowledge to mutual benefits.  Improved understanding can lead to more effective services, such as forecasts, monitoring of ocean ice conditions, resilient development, wildlife management, environmental protection, resource planning, sustainable economic development, and emergency response.

Research and development are best enabled by providing the infrastructure to facilitate access and support in otherwise remote reaches of the Arctic.  Shared use and coordinated development of Arctic research infrastructure can optimize benefits and reduce costs for all countries of the NAA.  Coordination of capabilities enabled by facilities can efficiently utilize resources to serve mutual national interests via a network of coordinated assets - an NAA strand of pearls.  With coordination of infrastructure, assets, and activities; greater presence can also provide for a safer and more secure NAA.

Visionary strategies will help meet the needs of Northerners and address the region's unique challenges.  We invite Arctic researchers and stakeholders to participate in a discussion of opportunities for greater coordination in use and development of a North-American Arctic research infrastructure.