Collecting knowledge from Finnmarks plateau to Japan

In the High North there are transport challenges due to remoteness, harsh Arctic climatic conditions and ice-covered waters, and lack of necessary support infrastructure. This make year-round operations difficult. A new cooperation funded by Uarctic will look into these challenges by analyzing ship traffic and evaluate commercial projects.

  • By CHNL

The establishment of Thematic network Arctic transport and logistics (ATL) is a cooperation between CHNL, Murmansk State Technical University, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Hokkaido University in Japan and International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in Norway.

Arctic maritime transport is the main focus of this new network. CHNL and its partners strive to develop innovative, green and optimized transport and logistics systems in the High North. Through the project the maritime connections to rail, air and river transport will be analyzed as well.

Goals of ATL

The industrial potential in the Arctic is significant, considering everything from minerals, raw materials and energy resources. Therefore there is a great need to develop good infrastructure and plan efficient transport systems. For this to happen a development of expertise and exchange of experiences across national borders is crucial.

Thru the network consisting of members from the entire circumpolar area they will collect research and knowledge on Arctic logistics and transport. The goals are, among others, to develop competence and exchange experiences across borders of Arctic countries.

– A network like this is important, especially since developing new transport systems and infrastructure in the Arctic requires specialist knowledge and expertise, states managing Director of CHNL, Kjell Stokvik.

ATL will work to form relations to enhance the knowledge about Arctic climate, ecosystem, as well as preserving indigenous peoples interests. This will be incorporated into new educational programs, and also disseminated to Arctic businesses and authorities.

Progress step by step

Through three workshops, joint research and increased student mobility the network works to build bridges between local communities, industry and authorities in the circumpolar North.

– This partnership makes us able to contribute to a sustainable an innovative arctic transport and logistic system. We expect that shared knowledge and increase awareness will create opportunities and contribute to value creation, says Stokvik.

Main Activities:

  • Facilitate collaborative research between ATL members on transport and logistics in the circumpolar Arctic.
  • Establish research teams on specific topics related to Arctic transport and logistics and jointly apply for national and international research funding; assess all potential sources of funding for joint research.
  • Promote green logistics solutions as a way to minimize the environmental impacts of shipping and other Arctic commercial operations.
  • Facilitate the use of best available knowledge and up-to-date research results in the implementation of future Arctic projects.
  • Built-up close cooperation on Arctic logistics with business partners, public authorities, indigenous representatives and other key Arctic stakeholders.
  • Engage with international forums such as the Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) and Arctic Economic Council’s Working Group on Maritime Transportation.
  • Facilitate the use of case studies and scenario analysis to highlight logistical challenges in different part of the Arctic and possible logistical solutions.
  • Determine the demand for new educational programs with focus on Arctic logistics and transport infrastructure development. Promote the development of a joint master’s degree program on Arctic transport and logistics with ATL members, as well as professional short courses for practitioners.
  • Provide opportunities for student exchange, practitioner mobility as well as faculty mobility among the ATL members, in order to strengthen knowledge exchange and research collaboration in the field of Arctic transport and logistics.
  • Dissemination of information through conferences and workshops, publications of research results in academic

Note: Thematic network Arctic transport and logistics (ATL) is one of UArctic`s Thematic Networks. These networks form a natural framework for development of UArctic education throughout the Arctic. Empowered by local knowledge and international level academic expertise, they facilitate development of multidisciplinary solutions for challenges in the Arctic.

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