An oil boom. Photo: iStock

Preventing and responding to emergencies

The Arctic is an environmentally sensitive area with an extreme climate characterized by low temperatures, winter-time darkness, snow, ice and permafrost. Harsh conditions and the sparse and limited amount of infrastructure in much of the Arctic increase risks and impacts and hinder response activities.

Actions for prevention, preparedness and response must be carefully pre-planned and adapted to the conditions and remoteness of the Arctic to maximize the use of available resources. Accordingly, international cooperation in this area is of vital importance.

Related projects

Circumpolar Oil Spill Response Viability Analysis (COSRVA)

Investigating the potential of different oil spill response systems for the Arctic marine environment.

Circumpolar Oil Spill Response Viability Analysis Phase II (COSRVA II)

Science-based decision-making in Arctic oil spill response contingency planning

Prevention, Preparedness and Response for small communities

Working with small communities to improve their safety in case of an oil spill event.
Boat in ice. Photo: iStock

Arctic Marine Risk Assessment

A common approach to marine risk assessment in the Arctic region.
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Circumpolar Wildland Fire

Circumpolar Coordination on Wildfire Prevention, Preparedness and Response
USGS / M. Torre Jorgenson

Biosecurity in the Arctic

Supporting public health systems and public services in implementing a quick response to current and future biological threats related to the uncontrolled spread of highly virulent pathogens, parasite...
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New Low Sulphur Fuels, Fate, and Behavior in Cold Water Conditions

Knowledge on New Low-Sulphur Fuels in the Arctic
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Arctic Lessons Learned Arena

One-stop shop for Arctic incident reports to share experiences, contirbute to best practices and to mitigate future risks
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NEPTUNE

Could expedition cruise vessels be an oil spill response asset in the Arctic?

Arctic Rescue

International Cooperation to Develop Arctic Emergency Preparedness

Safety Systems in Implementation of Economic and Infrastructural Projects

Improving industrial and environmental safety related to economic and infrastructure projects, primarily the development of hydrocarbons on the Arctic continental shelf and transportation of related o...

News

Radiation emergency exercise at Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation Centre, Russia Credit: ERC Rosatom

Are we prepared for a radiation incident in the Arctic?

A look into the Radiation Expert Group and its collaborative approach to radiation risks and incidents
10 May 2021
Credit: Kystverket / Rune Bergstrøm

From Risk to Rescue

A collaborative project with the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators explored the potential role of cruise vessels as first responders in oil spill events
10 May 2021

EPPR and Arctic Coast Guard Forum Hold Joint Exercise to Improve Arctic Maritime Emergency Response

The online Arctic Guardian 2021 exercise will enhance circumpolar collaboration in the event of a marine search and rescue or oil spill incident in the Arctic
09 Apr 2021
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