Antarctic Infrastructure - Co-operation, Challenges and Opportunities
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
This paper discusses the current state of international collaboration in Antarctica including the various mechanisms already in place to facilitate sharing, such as shared infrastructure, resources and logistics pooling. We discuss the barriers, catalysts and models of successful international collaboration through global analogues and a case study, aspects of which might be applied to the Antarctic in order to reduce the environmental impact of human activity in the region. Remote sensing opportunities are examined as a means to reduce environmental impact through an absence of physical presence on the continent, while highlighting a number of critical issues surrounding data access and sharing that should be addressed to encourage open sharing of data between nation states. We conclude with a number of high-level recommendations for policy makers pertaining to the implementation of the initiatives discussed.
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