GIS online “Maritime accidents in complex Arctic environment” as decision-support technology and dissemination teaching tools

Theme 2. Connectivity
Session Name 2.3 Innovative collaboration within Arctic safety and security management
Datetime Sep 05, 2018 02:40 PM - 02:50 PM (UTC +3)
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Nataliya Marchenko (The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway)
Abstract text

While sea ice shrinks in last decades in the Arctic, the transport activities grow and the risk of unwanted events and marine accidents increases. The International group of researchers in the frame of MARPART (Maritime preparedness and partnership on High North) project makes an assessment of the activity and risk level, safety issues for different regions of Atlantic Arctic (Marchenko, 2015-2017) and collect data of previous accidents, national and international exercises, parameters of the complex environment. The data is presented in online GIS and can be used as decision-support to ensure the proper response to the emergency situations.


As a web-resource where it is possible to find and visualize information about accidents and dangerous natural conditions, the GIS is both a database and a teaching tools and a networking platform. We show on the map the most famous events such as the collision with the ice floe of the ship Maxim Gorky (1989), not so well-known events, and reports about exercises like recent international oil spill response exercises SCOPE 25-29 September 2017 in Norway   (https://scope2017.com/). We provide information on how events developed and what conclusions were drawn. The information is presented in the form of photos, PFD files and hyperlinks to relevant resources.


Using ESRI software and Story Map concept allows to make convenient and intuitive tool and contribute to emergency management competence and increase response capacities, via innovative training and knowledge dissemination.

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