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U.S. Coast Guard Discusses Its Developing Role in the Arctic

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard’s Pacific Area commander discussed the service’s strategic outlook for the Arctic, its new class of polar security cutters, and its efforts to improve maritime domain awareness in the high latitudes. The keynote speech given by Vice Adm. Linda Fagan was during the Arctic Encounter Symposium in Seattle, Washington. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) recently

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Arctic Vessel Operators Invited to Survey of Data and Instrumentation

The Arctic ocean businesses community is invited to participate in a survey on the current state of data collection efforts and capabilities in the Arctic conducted by the World Ocean Council (WOC). The WOC is the ocean business community partner of the EU-funded Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE) Project, which will enable scientists to collect more data in the Arctic through

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US Coast Guard Makes Progress on Funding Icebreaker Fleet

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has released a request for proposal (RFP) with matching funding to acquire a new heavy icebreaker vessel intended to be the first of a six-ship installment and the beginning of a robust U.S. icebreaker fleet. Announcing the proposal at the Mar. 1, 2018 State of the Coast Guard address, Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft said it

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China’s Arctic Ambitions: Q&A with Sherri Goodman

Arctic icebergs

  The Arctic has traditionally been a region where cooperation has been common between nations. Its significance on the world’s geopolitical map is changing, however, as global warming leads to increased ice melt, thus reducing barriers to maritime navigation. Less ice means more shipping traffic and better access to resources, most notably, oil and gas. China, despite not having any

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U.S. and Russia Propose Bering Strait Shipping Routes

As a result of increased shipping traffic in Arctic waters, the international Maritime Organization received a proposal from the United States and the Russian Federation to establish a system of two-way routes for ships to follow through the Bering Sea and Bering Strait. The proposal includes six two-way routes and six precautionary areas off the coast of Chukotskiy Peninsula and

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Twenty Years of Satellite Imagery: Watching Earth Breathe from Space

NASA’s launch of the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) in 1997 began what is now a continuous, global view of both land and ocean life. A new animation captures the entirety of this 20-year record, made possible by multiple satellites, compressing a decades-long view of life on Earth into a captivating few minutes. Watch the full video and read more

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