Shipping in the Arctic

The course is interdisciplinary, providing lectures on climate, sea ice, weather, environment, navigation, technology, infrastructure, economy, regulations, and geopolitics related to shipping in the Arctic. The lectures will address how the human factors combined with the natural environment have impact on shipping activities.


Course requirements: Enrolment in a relevant Bachelor programme, and 60 ECTS in natural science. Students should have basic knowledge of mathematics and/or physics.

The course will provide knowledge of the factors that determine how shipping is expected to evolve in shorter and longer perspectives. The course shall give the students an interdisciplinary view of the issues related to shipping in the Arctic where sea transportation is expected to grow in the future. The reduction of the Arctic sea ice gives new opportunities for exploitation of energy and other resources as well as opening up of new sea transport routes between Europe, Asia and North America. These are factors that will stimulate increased ship traffic in the Arctic. On the other hand, the presence of sea ice, darkness, limitations of bathymetric charts, infrastructure and communication services put severe constraints on how ships can operate. Furthermore, shipping is also constrained by regulations, environmental risks, economic risks and geopolitical situations.

The course consists of lectures given by invited specialists in each of the disciplines, and group work where students are divided into groups studying subtopics from each of the disciplines. The group work includes literature search, discussions within the groups and with the lecturers, and presentations in plenum. The outcome of the course is a report from each of the groups and a summary of the discussions. The report prepared by the students is the basis of assessment for the course.

Total lecture hours: 24 hours.
Total seminar hours: 12 hours
Exercise hours: 10 hours
Other: Group work to write report: 74 hours

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor
CountryNorway
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity Centre in Svalbard
Begin date30.07.2018
End date10.08.2018
Registration deadline15.02.2018
ECTS credits5.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyTransport services (broad programmes)
Teaching placeLongyearbyen, Svalbard
Teaching termSummer/autumn
Tagsshipping
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