US icebreaker to begin 4-month mission to map Arctic Ocean floor

Jun 03, 2016 12:00 AM

US Coast Guard announced that Icebreaker Healy will leave port in Seattle, Washington on a mission for scientific research and to map underwater extensions of land bordering the Arctic Ocean.

The US Icebreaker Healy will leave port in Seattle, Washington on a mission for scientific research and to map underwater extensions of land bordering the Arctic Ocean, the US Coast Guard announced in a press release on Friday.

"The Healy crew will primarily conduct three missions focusing on the biology, chemistry, geology and physics of the Arctic Ocean and its ecosystems, as well as perform multi-beam sonar mapping of the extended continental shelf," the release stated.

Researchers from the University of New Hampshire will use sonar mapping and bottom dredging in the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean to further support the demarcation of the extended continental shelf.

"This work will directly support the United States’ claim for natural resources found on or beneath the ocean floor," the release said.

Healy’s mission is also intended to document the species living the region and collect data on how climate change and decreased ice coverage is affecting the ocean, the release added.

The voyage comes amid concerns that the United States is lagging behind other nations, especially Russia, in preparing for summer shipping lanes that are expected to open in the Arctic within the next two decades.

In addition, nations are beginning to explore the Arctic with an eye to mining oil, gas and other mineral resources.

Competition is expected among nations that border the Arctic, which also include Canada, Norway, Denmark, as well as other nations such as China and South Korea with an interest in Arctic exploration and shipping.

Market Research

The International Affairs Institute (IAI) and OCP Policy Center recently launched a new book: The Future of Natural Gas. Markets and Geopolitics.


The book is an in-depth analysis of some of the fastest moving gas markets, attempting to define the trends of a resource that will have a decisive role in shaping the global economy and modelling the geopolitical dynamics in the next decades.

Some of the top scholars in the energy sector have contributed to this volume such as Gonzalo Escribano, Director Energy and Climate Change Programme, Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid, Coby van der Linde, Director Clingendael International Energy Programme, The Hague and Houda Ben Jannet Allal, General Director Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME), Paris.

For only €32.50 you have your own copy of The Future of Natural Gas. Markets and Geopolitics. Click here to order now!


Upcoming Conferences
« May 2019 »
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31

Register to announce Your Event

View All Events