Implications of climate change for shipping: Opening the Arctic seas

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2018
Date published: 02/2018
Authors: Adolf Ng, Jonathan Andrews, David Babb, Yufeng Lin, Austin Becker
Journal title: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Pages: e507

This paper assesses the value and environmental feasibility of Arctic shipping by reviewing the relevant scientific and economic peer-reviewed literature. From the physical perspective, this paper examines the impact of climate change on sea ice and marine weather and considers the resultant consequences for Arctic shipping accessibility. From an economic perspective, it reviews the major research investigating the economic feasibility of diverting ships from conventional shipping routes to Arctic routes, the attitudes of shipping stakeholders, and other major factors affecting the prospect of Arctic shipping. This review also identifies important research gaps. Ultimately, we find that the complex environmental and economic dynamics of the Arctic suggest that an appropriate understanding of Arctic shipping will require close collaboration between natural and social scientists.

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