Arctic offshore and coastal engineering in changing climate (AOCEC)– the collaboration project to enhance Polar education

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.11 Education and capacity building about Polar regions through science: Tools, resources, and lessons engaging in education, outreach, and communication
Datetime Sep 07, 2018 01:45 PM - 02:05 PM (UTC +3)
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Nataliya Marchenko (The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway)
Abstract text

Growing industrial activities in the high North create the new challenges, require the understanding of the problems of changing Polar region. Expanding exploration of offshore and coastal regions, extension of navigational activity in the Arctic enhances the risk of accidents under severe conditions. Deep knowledge of the physical environment and methods of risk reduction are necessary for technical experts and for young specialists.

The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is the northernmost (78º N) high education institution, providing research-field-based education of next generation of Arctic experts.  During several years Arctic Technology department of UNIS implements the international collaboration projects, involving students and professors from different countries in joint teaching and investigations. The 4th and current project is Arctic offshore and coastal engineering in changing climate (AOCEC) (2018-2020), sponsored by Research Council of Norway and Norwegian Centre for International cooperation in Education (SIU) in the frame of INTPART Program.

AOCEC raises cooperation in higher education and dissemination of knowledge amongst Norwegian, US, Russian and Canadian universities, the seven partners of the project. The project increases understanding of engineering problems in harsh environmental condition, knowledge in the Ice Mechanics, Applied Oceanography and Marine Technology and gives students and professors unique experience of field work in the Arctic with full-scale tests on sea ice.

AOCEC project is focused on the organizing of a multi-international educational network and joint research; on the teaching of Arctic engineering courses. The project multiplies understanding and awareness of the Arctic through education and outreach.

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