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dc.contributor.authorEguíluz, Victor M.
dc.contributor.authorFernández-Gracia, Juan
dc.contributor.authorIrigoien, Xabier
dc.contributor.authorDuarte, Carlos M.
dc.coverage.spatialArctic Oceanen_US
dc.coverage.spatialNorwegian Seaen_US
dc.coverage.spatialNorwegian Seaen_US
dc.identifier.citationEguíluz, V. M., et al.(2016) A quantitative assessment of Arctic shipping in 2010–2014. Scientific Report Reports, 6:30682, 6pp. DOI:10.1038/srep30682en_US
dc.description.abstractRapid loss of sea ice is opening up the Arctic Ocean to shipping, a practice that is forecasted to increase rapidly by 2050 when many models predict that the Arctic Ocean will largely be free of ice toward the end of summer. These forecasts carry considerable uncertainty because Arctic shipping was previously considered too sparse to allow for adequate validation. Here, we provide quantitative evidence that the extent of Arctic shipping in the period 2011–2014 is already significant and that it is concentrated (i) in the Norwegian and Barents Seas, and (ii) predominantly accessed via the Northeast and Northwest Passages. Thick ice along the forecasted direct trans-Arctic route was still present in 2014, preventing transit. Although Arctic shipping remains constrained by the extent of ice coverage, during every September, this coverage is at a minimum, allowing the highest levels of shipping activity. Access to Arctic resources, particularly fisheries, is the most important driver of Arctic shipping thus far.en_US
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dc.subject.otherArctic shippingen_US
dc.titleA quantitative assessment of Arctic shipping in 2010–2014.en_US
dc.typeJournal Contributionen_US
dc.subject.parameterDisciplineParameter Discipline::Cross-disciplineen_US
dc.bibliographicCitation.titleScientific Reportsen_US
dc.bibliographicCitation.issueArticle 30682en_US
dc.description.eovSea Iceen_US
dc.description.bptypeManual (incl. handbook, guide, cookbook etc)en_US M. Eguíluz

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