Environment Risk Management

wp3_1The exploration and development of resources in the Arctic is often characterized as involving a greater risk and severity of impacts to the environment relative to many other regions. This requires development of new environmental risk management approaches tailored to the unique exploration and future operational challenges for Arctic areas.

The aim of the Environment component of the Centre is to provide essential knowledge and methodology for eco-safe exploration in the high north. Eco-safe refers to the use of best available technology and practices in order to minimize impacts and risks to the Arctic environment.

Main Goals
The research performed in WP3 will produce new insight for industry on two key questions:
1. What is the potential for ecosystem impacts in the Arctic?
2. Which areas and time periods should be prioritized for exploration activities?

  • Obtain new knowledge and data on Arctic ecosystems and food webs
  • Obtain new knowledge and data on the sensitivity of key species to petroleum discharges within northern ecosystems
  • Identify priority areas and time periods for exploration activities in the north
  • Develop a theoretical risk uncertainty framework for the Arctic
  • Recommend geophysical data acquisition strategies minimizing the impact on living organisms

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Latest WP3 news


Willy Røed - off to new adventures in accident prevention

For the past two years, Willy Røed has worked as a postdoc at ARCEx at University of Stavanger. His main research topic has been accident prevention as part of the Environment risk management work package. Accident prevention No activities are completely risk free: If you walk your child to kindergarten, there may be an accident on…Read More »

Colliding whales - new paper from Aniceto et al.

Ana Sofia Aniceto et al. (2016) describe in recently accepted article swimming patterns and fin whale distribution around a large ferry. This work was done a while back but is still very relevant to understand the interactions between whales and ships, particularly for the fin whale (the most recorded species to get hit). There is still debate…Read More »

Looking for answers in Arctic waters - ARCEx research cruise 17.-29.6.2016

ARCEx aims for advances in the environmental risk management. However, to provide a risk assessment, which is well-tailored to the unique exploration and future operational challenges in the Arctic, it is essential to have a solid understanding of Arctic marine ecosystems. As especially the physical and ecological processes in the marginal ice zone of Arctic…Read More »

New PostDoc Ingrid Wiedmann in the ARCEx WP 3

Since the start of 2016, the new PostDoc Ingrid Wiedmann supports the ARCEx WP 3 on Environmental Risk Management. Ingrid focuses mainly on Arctic pelagic ecosystems and the vertical export of organic carbon and particles, and she will conduct her research in close cooperation with ARCEx PostDoc Nathalie Mortata, who works on benthic communities. In…Read More »

Root causes of hydrocarbon leaks on offshore petroleum installations

Jan Erik Vinnem and Willy Røed have recently published a paper considering the root causes of hydrocarbon leaks. They have studied 78 hydrocarbon leaks on offshore installations on the Norwegian continental shelf. This includes all reported leaks from process inventories with an initial leak rate higher than 0.1 kg/s in the period 2008 - 2014.…Read More »

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