The first workshop of the SciBAr Installations Project took place between 10-12th January at the Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen. Professors Elizabeth Kirk and Tina Hunter lead the three-day workshop supported by an interdisciplinary advisory panel, which encompassed early career academics as well as senior colleagues at a number of UK universities.
The workshop was designed to support the expansion of the network and to begin the task of identifying gaps in knowledge and developing funding applications to tackle those gaps.
The 2 key outcomes from the event were:
- An overview of the potential risks and impacts associated with the construction and operation of offshore installations in the Arctic, which drew on expertise from marine biology, engineering, environmental science, marine resources management, oceanography and social sciences alongside inputs from stakeholders. This overview, was used to map the potential regulatory and governance solutions to these risks drawing on expertise from law. It is hoped that this outline will be of use to policy makers and researchers
- An outline programme of research has been developed to enhance understanding of the risks, impacts and governance solutions to those risks identified in output A. This research programme will also include the testing of governance and regulatory solutions against the science to enable evidence–based approaches to the regulation of Arctic energy installations.
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