July 13, 2016
Coastline vulnerability towards human impact research
The LMSU Marine Research Center in collaboration with the Polar Expedition Kartesh project carried out ESI (Arctic adapted) coastline vulnerability towards human impact research program during the 2016 Arctic Expedition along the whole expedition route and during every disembarkation.
The obtained data will serve as a foundation for the maps of integral vulnerability of the coast area of the White Sea and the southern and south-eastern parts of the Barents Sea towards human impact, particularly towards oil spills.
This data might be used when planning ecology support of the offshore and onshore infrastructure projects in the Arctic zone both for environmental surveys and construction and maintenance monitoring phases.
Taking into account the vulnerability of the Arctic nature, this research is utterly significant as it allows to design oil spill elimination plans.
We are further planning to comprise a Western Arctic coastline landscape atlas and create databases with information about the vulnerability of different components of marine ecosystems to the basic types of the human impact in a coastline zone; it will boost the possibilities of inclusive management of the region’s natural resources.
Polar Expedition Kartesh Project Head Deputy for marine biology and ecology,
LMSU Marine Research Center CEO