Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Understanding social and natural system changes that influence decisions in the New Arctic

The continuing loss of Arctic cryosphere provides challenges, but also opportunities – such as newly accessible mineral and hydrocarbon resources, more efficient routes for shipping, and self-determination for Arctic Indigenous peoples. Indeed, having shipborne trade move across the Arctic, between Europe and Asia, could dramatically reduce the fuel and carbon-intensive demands of international trade.

At IBES, Amanda Lynch and colleagues are trying to document and understand strategic planning for development in the Arctic that will enable opportunities for a variety of stakeholders. The team uses a multi-disciplinary analysis of economic potentials, infrastructure needs, climate change impacts, and evolving approaches to Arctic management and sovereignty.