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Governance of Arctic Shipping

Rethinking Risk, Human Impacts and Regulation

  • Studies the impact of arctic cruise shipping and fishery

  • Promotes safe navigation and environment protection

  • Assesses Climate Change impacts in the Arctic region

Part of the book series: Springer Polar Sciences (SPPS)

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    • Aldo Chircop, Floris Goerlandt, Claudio Aporta, Ronald Pelot
    Pages 1-12Open Access
  3. Rethinking Maritime Risks

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 13-13
    2. Historical Maritime Search and Rescue Incident Data Analysis

      • Mark A. Stoddard, Ronald Pelot
      Pages 43-62Open Access
    3. Search and Rescue at Sea: Do New Challenges Require New Rules?

      • Francesco Munari
      Pages 63-81Open Access
    4. Ambient Noise in the Canadian Arctic

      • Emmanuelle Cook, David Barclay, Clark Richards
      Pages 105-133Open Access
  4. Regulating Shipping and Ocean Use

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 227-227
    2. The IMO Regulatory Framework for Arctic Shipping: Risk Perspectives and Goal-Based Pathways

      • Anish Arvind Hebbar, Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs, Maximo Q. Mejia, Heike Deggim, Sascha Pristrom
      Pages 229-247Open Access
    3. A Change in the Ice Regime: Polar Code Implementation in Canada

      • Drummond Fraser
      Pages 285-300Open Access

About this book

This open access book is a result of the Dalhousie-led research project Safe Navigation and Environment Protection, supported by a grant from the Ocean Frontier Institute’s the Canada First Research Excellent Fund (CFREF).  The book focuses on Arctic shipping and investigates how ocean change and anthropogenic impacts affect our understanding of risk, policy, management and regulation for safe navigation, environment protection, conflict management between ocean uses, and protection of Indigenous peoples’ interests. A rapidly changing Arctic as a result of climate change and ice loss is rendering the North more accessible, providing new opportunities while producing impacts on the Arctic. The book explores ideas for enhanced governance of Arctic shipping through risk-based planning, marine spatial planning and scaling up shipping standards for safety, environment protection and public health. 


  • Arctic cruise shipping
  • Arctic fisher safety
  • Climate change impacts in the Arctic region
  • Governance of the Arctic and Northwest Atlantic
  • Marine spatial planning
  • Northwest Atlantic and Canadian Eastern Arctic Gateway
  • Safe navigation and environment protection
  • Sea ice in the Arctic
  • Search and Rescue (SAR)
  • Open Access
  • polar geography
  • climate change impacts
  • water policy

Editors and Affiliations

  • Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

    Aldo Chircop

  • Department of Industrial Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

    Floris Goerlandt, Ronald Pelot

  • Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

    Claudio Aporta

About the editors

Aldo Chircop is Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair (Tier I), based at the Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Canada. Dr. Chircop chairs the International Working Group on Polar Shipping of the Comité Maritime International. He has published extensively on the international law of the sea, Canadian and international maritime law and Arctic shipping.

Floris Goerlandt, D.Sc. (Tech) holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Risk Management and Resource Optimization for Marine Industries at Dalhousie University. With a background in marine technology, maritime sciences, and maritime risk and safety management, his research focuses on maritime risk governance, organizational processes for accident prevention, and methods and tools for emergency preparedness and response.

Claudio Aporta is a cultural anthropologist who has studied and documented Inuit environmental and geographic knowledge for 20 years across the totality of the Canadian Arctic. He is Associate Professor at the Marine Affairs Program, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University, Canada.

Ronald Pelot has been a Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Dalhousie University, Canada, since 1994.  Over the past two decades, he and his team have developed new software tools and analysis methods applied to maritime traffic safety (accidents), coastal zone security, and marine spills. Research methods encompass spatial risk analysis, vessel traffic modelling, data processing and pattern analysis, location models for response resource allocation, and safety analyses. Dr. Pelot has published over 50 journal articles and produced more than 100 technical reports.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Governance of Arctic Shipping

  • Book Subtitle: Rethinking Risk, Human Impacts and Regulation

  • Editors: Aldo Chircop, Floris Goerlandt, Claudio Aporta, Ronald Pelot

  • Series Title: Springer Polar Sciences

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-44974-2Published: 12 August 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-44977-3Published: 18 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-44975-9Published: 11 August 2020

  • Series ISSN: 2510-0475

  • Series E-ISSN: 2510-0483

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 319

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations, 31 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Physical Geography, Climate Sciences, Water, Environmental Management, Freshwater and Marine Ecology

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)