In the coming years the continuing decline of Arctic sea ice could make the exploitation of the region’s enormous oil and gas reserves feasible, create new shipping routes, and provide access to previously untouched fishing grounds. But how will this transformation and the warming of the Arctic affect weather and climate across the Northern Hemisphere? A case study spanning three oil and gas exploration sites in the Russian Arctic will analyse the social, economic, and ecological impacts of these changes on local populations and their implications for Europe. What opportunities and risks does development present? And how will the transformation of the Arctic affect European and international interests? This project contributes to the IASS project Global Change and Arctic Sustainable Transformations.
Funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union (grant agreement No 727852).