Environmental Impacts of Arctic Marine Transportation: Addressing the Issues through Research and the Provision of Advice

by H. Brian Nicholls, Bedford Inst of Oceanography, Dartmouth, NS, Can,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The prospect of numerous transits of the Canadian Northwest Passage and other northern waters by icebreaking tankers raises various environmental issues. This paper reviews the growth of shipping in the Canadian Arctic and identifies potential environmental issues associated with such traffic. It examines the application of scientific research and advice to address these issues, the emphasis being on processes and mechanisms rather than on research details.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Traffic management | Water tanks | Waterways | Transportation studies | Ship motion | Freight transportation | Water transportation | Arctic | Canada

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