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New Shipping Routes in the Arctic

Reduced Sea Ice Bears Both Great Potential and Risk

The Arctic encompasses a number of shipping routes, grouped into a Northwest Passage and a Northeast Passage. Each passage crosses a number of Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs), potentially impacting their large amount of wildlife species by disturbances and implications from shipping activity.

This video illustrates how standardized data infrastructures allow the rapid integration of data from various sources, independently of their physical location. For the "New Shipping Routes" scenario, data from the US, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Russia has been integrated easily thanks to common standards. On the fly re-projection allows to visualize all data on a single virtual globe without unintended distortions or skews.