Special Session AK10.2: Wednesday September 20, 2017 15:30

Maritime Domain Awareness: Marine Safety and Security with Diminishing Ice

Tikahtnu Ballroom A

Name of Convener/Organizer: Randy “Church” Kee, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret), Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) Executive Director, University of Alaska

Email Contact of Organizer: rakee@nullalaska.edu

Session Format: ADAC Hosted Arctic Maritime Domain Awareness Town Hall

Attendance: Open to all attending OCEANS’17 and Exhibition Pass Holders (Students and Session participants not part of OCEANS’17 are welcome to attend, but require a pass and must register at the registration desk).

This Townhall and Demonstration session follows two OCEANS’17 paper presentation sessions on Tuesday (15:30 pm) and Wednesday (13:30) of the same name: Marine Safety and Security with Diminishing Ice.


Worldwide maritime domain awareness efforts focus on security and safety issues, as well as on environmental stewardship and economic health and viability for maritime regions. The Arctic is unique in this seascape for its remote location, lack of infrastructure and limited historical precedence.

Despite the attention to the Arctic during the U.S. chairmanship on the International Arctic Council, maritime domain awareness in the Arctic is still traversing uncharted waters (literally). International agreements like The Polar Code are designed to help govern how maritime operations will be conducted in remote and internationally shared regions, including the Arctic. Though such systems are in place to monitor some aspects of vessel traffic throughout the world’s oceans, in remote regions, and in particular the Arctic, the infrastructure is lacking that would allow adequate response in the event of a mishap.

The Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA, under NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration) and The Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence) are both actively involved with maritime domain awareness issues across the region.

Topics for presentation and demonstration during this open Town Hall format session may include established and emerging methodologies and technological solutions that can be used across all maritime domains, as well as new technologies that must be developed and employed to enhance safety and security, especially in regions like the Arctic.