Operational Marine Service in the Arctic

Organized by EuroGOOS AISBL 26. August 2016

Saturday, October 8, 15:30-17:00

Location: Sæbjörg S&R Vessel

Climate change opens up for increased activities within a number of marine and maritime industries in the Arctic Region such as:

  • Maritime transport
  • Oil and mineral exploitation incl. support to oil spill combatting  
  • Tourism
  • Fishery incl. aquaculture
  • Wind Energy

Critical information for all these industries for long- and short-term investment planning, risk assessment and operational purposes is knowledge of the environmental fields affecting marine operations in the Arctic Ocean. Service providers will therefore employ model analysis or reanalysis of wind, temperature, sea ice, sea state, near surface ocean currents and icing index in combination with in situ and remote sensing observations. Ongoing research aims to increase the quality and availability of data products needed to improve operational forecasts of marine conditions.

The session will give an overview on existing operational marine services in the Arctic in support of Blue Growth.


  • Odd Jarl Borch, Professor of Strategy, Graduate School of Business, Nord University: Arctic Blue Economy.
  • Einar Hjörleifsson, Fisheries Scientist, Marine Research Institute of Iceland: Fisheries Management - Present and Uncertain Future Dynamics.
  • Agnieszka Beszczynska-Möller, Research Scientist, Institute of Oceanography, Polish Academy of Sciences: Arctic Ocean Observation System.
  • Stein Sandven, Research Director, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC): Operational Marine Services: Arctic Sea Ice Monitoring and Forecasting
  • Torbjørn Eltoft, Professor, University of Tromsø: Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations
  • Henning Wehde, Head of Research and Advice Programme North Sea, Institute of Marine Research


  • Stein Sandven, Research Director, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC)