Next EPPR Working Group Meeting: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, May 26-28, 2015
The next EPPR Working Group meeting will be held in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, 26-28 May, 2015. Please refer to the last meeting report for background on the work of the group; please see the Report tab.
An agenda and other documents will be provided to participants via the password area of the website. Please register through your country head of delegation.
38th AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response – June 2-4, 2015
The AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response is an international forum on preventing, assessing, containing, and cleaning up spills of hazardous materials in every type of environment. It also deals with solutions for remediating and rehabilitating contaminated sites.
The annual AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response is organized and sponsored by the Emergencies Science and Technology Section (ESTS) of Environment Canada.
The conference will be held June 2-4, 2015 at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
For more information, please visit: http://ec.gc.ca/amop/
Barents Rescue Exercise 2015: September 30 – October 1
The Finnish Ministry of the Interior will host a multi-sectoral Barents Rescue 2015 Exercise in Kittilä, Finland.
The objective of the exercise is multi-sectoral co-operation in the field of emergency prevention, preparedness and response between the four countries of the Barents region: Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. The co-operation and the bi-annual exercise are based on the Barents Agreement on Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response in the Euro-Arctic Region between these four countries.
In the scenario, extreme weather conditions have caused severe shortcomings to the infrastructure with fatal consequences, a fire in the mine and a road accident involving a HAZMAT truck and a tourist bus.
Alarming procedures, communication and border crossing in the Barents area as well as the national Host Nation Support arrangements will be exercised during these two days.
Seminars and an exhibition will be included in the exercise programme.
Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Arctic Workshop – Presentations
On December 4, 2014, EPPR, invited guests and interested stakeholders participated in a one day workshop on the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Arctic.
The goals of the workshop were to learn about recent operational trials of using UAS in Arctic environments, discuss requirements for UAS for oil spill response activities, and also to outline opportunities to improve the utility of UAS technologies in Arctic environments.
The workshop was open to interested stakeholders. Presentations from the workshop can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.
Flying beneath the clouds at the edge of the world: The use of a rotary UAS to survey marine mammals in the Aleutians
Dr. Kathryn Sweeney, NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory
AMAP Arctic Agreement Whitepaper on UAS airspace access in the Arctic
Operational Experience from other States
Dr. Rune Storvold, Northern Research Institute, Co-Chair of AMAP UAS Expert Group
UAS Operational Experiences in Singapore
Mr. Chan Heng Lum, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Surveys of Seals in the Bering Sea Pack Ice Using UAS
Dr. Erin Moreland, NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory
Use of UAS for Marine Mammal Observations in the Arctic
Dr. Robin Angliss, NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory
Operational Experiences with UAS from the United States
Mr. Todd Jacobs – NOAA’s UAS Program Office
Arctic/High-Latitude Deployments of UAS Supporting Exploration on the US North Slope
Dr. Marty Rogers, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Chukchi Sea UAS Operations
Mr. Steve Wackowski, Tulugaq/UAF
Lessons Learned for Data Acquisition, Management and Visualization from UAS Data Surges
Mr. Mathew Dorsey and Mr. Zachary Winters-Staszak, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration