Winter shipping in the Canadian Arctic : toward year-round traffic?

Authors: Bourbonnais, Pascale; Lasserre, Frédéric
Abstract: With the rapidly melting sea ice in the Arctic, and developing shipping traffic, emerged the idea, popular with the media, that sea ice would soon be completely dominated by first-year ice, and would thus be comparable to ice present in the Gulf of St. Lawrence: this would allow for the setting up of shipping year-round along Arctic passages. In fact, contrary to this idea, even with the vanishing of multi-year ice, ice conditions will remain very different in the Arctic from ice prevailing in the Gulf. Besides, naval technology certainly helps overcoming challenges of ice navigation, but they do not mean it is economically or technically much easier. Year-round shipping in the Arctic remains a difficult challenge to overcome.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 16 February 2015
Open Access Date: 13 April 2016
Document version: AM
This document was published in: Polar geography, Vol. 38 (1), 70–88 (2015)
V.H. Winston and Son : Distributed by Bellwether Pub.
Alternative version: 10.1080/1088937X.2015.1006298
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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