WP3: Case studies in Svalbard

WP3 objectives:

  1. Continue dialogue and collaboration with actors in Svalbard related to development of guidelines and standards,
  2. Organize a research school on Arctic shipping, and
  3. Organise a workshop with focus on risk and safety for the local communities in Svalbard.

WP3-leader and co-leader: Lisbeth Iversen and Stein Sandven (NERSC)

Work in WP3 will address development of guidelines and standards related to providing data and technologies for the safety of inhabitants and tourists as well as for marine activities in the area around Svalbard.  The main challenge in Svalbard is to adapt infrastructure and operations to the effect of climate change and to the transition from a mining town to a modern and diverse society.   The Longyearbyen area has state-of-the-art mobile network and internet services with broadband communication locally and with the outside world. This makes it possible to have access to the same digital series as on mainland Norway. This is not the case elsewhere in Svalbard area. The lack of communication is one of the main challenges in the Arctic. The outcome of the case study will contribute to framework and standard development in WP1 and give input to WP6 and WP7.  

WP3 tasks:

  • Task 3.1: Dialogue meetings with governance and local community actors in Longyearbyen
  • Task 3.2 Workshop on Arctic hazards and impact on the local community
  • Task 3.3 Research school on Arctic shipping