Title The Law of the Sea and marine scientific research in the Arctic Ocean
Author Macnab, R.; Loken, O.; Anand, A.
Source Meridian = Méridien, 2007( Fall/Winter), p.1-6, . Publisher: Canadian Polar Commission, Ottawa, ON, Canada. ISSN: 1492-6245
Publication Date 2007
Notes In English Ant. Acc. No: 83792. CRREL Acc. No: 62002102
Index Terms ice; ice cover thickness; international cooperation; polar regions; Antarctica; Arctic Ocean; polar regions; Antarctic Treaty; current research; ice cover distribution; International Polar Year 2007- 08; IPY 2007-08 Education, Outreach and Communication Publications; Law of the Sea; sea ice
Abstract Contemporary events and circumstances, such as melting ice, the International Polar Year, and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea are providing an unprecedented boost to Marine Scientific Research in the central Arctic Ocean. This felicitous situation could be short-lived, however, as Arctic coastal states apply the provisions of the Law of the Sea to extend their sovereign rights beyond 200 nautical miles, enhancing their entitlement to regulate a range of scientific activities. This is in marked contrast to the Antarctic regime, where freedom of research is protected under the terms of the Antarctic Treaty. The principles enunciated by this Treaty are worth considering, as they could inspire a less restrictive approach towards scientific investigation in the central Arctic Ocean.
Publication Type journal article
Record ID 283352