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Responsible Economic and Resource Development in the Arctic

The Arctic Council recognizes that economic development must take place in a responsible and sustainable manner. To address issues related to increased oil and gas activities in the region, the Council is undertaking extensive work on oil pollution prevention, preparedness and response. To read more about EPPR work on this please go to the full article on the Arctic Council website…


Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Arctic Workshop – Presentations

On December 4, 2014, EPPR, invited guests and interested stakeholders participated  in a one day workshop on the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Arctic.

The goals of the workshop were to learn about recent operational trials of using UAS in Arctic environments, discuss requirements for UAS for oil spill response activities, and also to outline opportunities to improve the utility of UAS technologies in Arctic environments.

The workshop was open to interested stakeholders.  Presentations from the workshop can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.


Flying beneath the clouds at the edge of the world: The use of a rotary UAS to survey marine mammals in the Aleutians
Dr. Kathryn Sweeney, NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory

AMAP Arctic Agreement Whitepaper on UAS airspace access in the Arctic
Operational Experience from other States
Dr. Rune Storvold, Northern Research Institute, Co-Chair of AMAP UAS Expert Group

UAS Operational Experiences in Singapore
Mr. Chan Heng Lum, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Surveys of Seals in the Bering Sea Pack Ice Using UAS
Dr. Erin Moreland, NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory

Use of UAS for Marine Mammal Observations in the Arctic
Dr. Robin Angliss, NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory

Operational Experiences with UAS from the United States
Mr. Todd Jacobs – NOAA’s UAS Program Office

Arctic/High-Latitude Deployments of UAS Supporting Exploration on the US North Slope
Dr. Marty Rogers, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Chukchi Sea UAS Operations
Mr. Steve Wackowski, Tulugaq/UAF

Lessons Learned for Data Acquisition, Management and Visualization from UAS Data Surges
Mr. Mathew Dorsey and Mr. Zachary Winters-Staszak, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration




‘Arctic 2014’ Emergency Exercise June 23-24

This June EPPR will be conducting an emergency exercise to validate the response to a radiological emergency. This exercise is the latest event in a series begun in 2002. Hosted by the Russian Federation, the exercise will take place on June 23 and 24, 2014 at Atomflot facilities in Murmansk Russia. The scenario will involve a radiation emergency that occurs on a nuclear icebreaker while docked.

In addition to connecting EPPR people with radiation responders they might not usually work with within their countries, EPPR will also inform the AMAP radiation monitoring group about the exercise. This will inform the scientist specialists about the exercise and is an example of a cross-cutting activity.

37th AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response

The AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response is an international forum on preventing, assessing, containing, and cleaning up spills of hazardous materials in every type of environment. It also deals with solutions for remediating and rehabilitating contaminated sites.

The annual AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response is organized and sponsored by the Emergencies Science and Technology Section (ESTS) of Environment Canada.

The conference will be held June 3-5, 2014 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Centre in Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

For more information, please visit:

Two-pager from EPPR meeting in Seattle, 2-3 Seattle 2014


Please refer to the password protected meeting webpage for the Record of Decisions and other post-meeting documents.

Presentations from Oil In Ice workshop in Tromsø 4-5 Nov 2013


Presentations from CMERA workshop in Tromsø 6-7 Nov 2013


Circumpolar Marine Environmental Risk Assessment (CMERA) Workshop 6-7 November in Tromsø

One of the recommendations from the EPPR RP3 summary report delivered to the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting was to conduct a Circumpolar Marine Environment Risk Assessment (CMERA). In the same report it was recommended that the Arctic Council should inventory existing risk assessments in the Arctic, identify common elements and environmental differences, as well as methodologies of undertaking these activities, and conduct a Circumpolar Marine Environment Risk Assessment, if appropriate.  The aim of the recommendation is to better link the sensitivities of the Arctic marine environment with scientific calculations on risks caused by shipping and offshore oil and gas activities in the Arctic Ocean both presently and in the future.

In order to evaluate the proposed conduct of a CMERA, EPPR agreed to conduct  a workshop where the Arctic states, AC working groups, PPs and others inform about existing marine environmental risk assessments (MERAs) and other relevant information from within the AC for a MERA. In addition, participants in the workshop will discuss common elements, methodologies and environmental differences in the Arctic. One outcome of the workshop may be a draft project plan for a Circumpolar Marine Environment Risk Assessment (CMERA). EPPR will consider any recommendations from the workshop for acceptance as projects.

The date for the workshop is November 6-7, in Tromsø Norway. It will be back-to back with another workshop “ Oil-in Ice – to disperse or not to disperse” ( November 5) and the semiannual EPPR II meeting (November 8) all held in Tromsø.


Final Report from the EPPR Working group meeting held 3-4 June 2013 in Oulu, Finland.


Program for CMERA Workshops in Tromsø 6-7 November

See the attached program.