Workshop on Integrated Policy Options for the Bering Strait Region
University of California Santa Barbara
20-24 October 2014
Arctic Options involves three ‘hot spots’ in the Arctic Ocean to design and test a decision-support tool that integrates stakeholder perspectives, geospatial information and natural-language documents to address regionally relevant policy issues. The hot spots include:
- Bering Strait Region; and
- High Seas in the Arctic Ocean (i.e., beyond the Exclusive Economic Zones in the water column overlying the sea floor) as defined by the law of the sea.
Recognizing the need to consider policy issues across jurisdictions – these hot spots involve two States (United States and Russian Federation) and many States (i.e., more than 160 nations have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea). This Workshop on Integrated Policy Options for the Bering Strait Region, which was convened at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis(NCEAS) in Santa Barbara in affiliation with the University of California Santa Barbara from 20-24 October 2014, was the first workshop to apply the decision-support process from the Arctic Options project.
Integrated Decision-Support Process for Sustainable Infrastructure Development in the Arctic Ocean
Integrated decision-support process from the Arctic Options project to generate options that contribute to informed decision making for sustainable infrastructure development in the Arctic Ocean (Figure 7 – page 16 in the Workshop Report)