Development of best practices for scientific research vessel operations in a changing Arctic: A case study for R/V Sikuliaq.
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Reduced sea ice has made the Arctic Ocean more accessible for vessel traffic. In turn, the heightened interest to better understand rapidly changing sea ice dynamics, ecosystems, and related ocean processes in the Arctic Ocean has led to closer interactions with and the need to avoid potential conflicts between scientific researchers and Indigenous coastal communities. In particular, researchers need to minimize spatial and temporal overlap of science activities with subsistence hunts as the Arctic is essential to Indigenous communities for their food security and cultural heritage. In this regard, a Community and Environmental Compliance Standard Operating Procedure (CECSOP) was recently developed for the R/V Sikuliaq, which is owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and is part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System. The CECSOP was developed with input and guidance from Ala.....
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.A
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
Standard Operating Procedure
Spatial CoverageArctic Ocean
CitationKonar, B.; Frisch, L. and Moran, S.B. (2017) Development of best practices for scientific research vessel operations in a changing Arctic: A case study for R/V Sikuliaq. Marine Policy, 86, pp.182-189. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2017.09.021