ADAC is involved in a variety of events, most of which focus on enhancing operator capabilities in the Arctic region. Principally, ADAC focuses its research upon the needs of the United States Coast Guard. Workshops, exercises, and a variety of other activities and events are conducted to better understand capability gaps in order to improve the Coast Guard’s response in the Arctic. Additionally, conferences and activities allow the Center to collaborate and gain additional knowledge that may further apply to ADAC’s mission and U.S. interests.
ADAC regularly hosts and participates in events designed to increase cooperation between operational and scientific communities. Listed are events in which ADAC has been or will be a major participant.
Following the Arctic IoNS workshop, ADAC will host the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research (ICE-PPR) conference October 25-27, also in Anchorage. This invitation-only conference, taking place for the first time in Alaska, will address the needs of the U.S. Navy and other maritime operators in both polar regions and seek solutions via current/emerging technologies and new research. According to ONR, ICE-PPR conferences are part of ONR’s answer to the challenge of the U.S. Navy Arctic Roadmap 2014-2030, which directs the service to “expand cooperative partnerships with Arctic nations and Arctic states, and international, interagency, and private sector stakeholders that enhance Arctic security.” Participation in the conference is expected by partners from the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden.
The “Coping with the Unthinkable…an Arctic Oil Spill” Arctic IoNS workshop was a fresh and targeted study in addressing a distant offshore Arctic oil spill by reviewing current research baselines and soliciting select experts. Strategically, the workshop seeks to get the right research questions addressing shortfalls in capability and technology, to solicit for funded investigation. Such research is sought to provide onward solutions which ultimately support U.S. Coast Guard (and other Arctic oil spill responders) preparedness and response.
ADAC’s principal “Customer” in this workshop are the U.S. Arctic operators in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Through a guided seminar plenary session, selected key participants presented and provided understandings and identified areas of concern in coping with an Arctic oil spill. Participants met in breakout workshops to investigate identified topics of concern, in order to discover shortfalls and gaps of current and emerging capabilities, which warrant further investigation. Through this structured plenary and breakout group workshop, participants gained understanding of under-researched gaps and shortfalls in science and technology needed to cope with an Arctic oil spill. Equipped with this understanding, participants then met in one of six structured breakout groups. Breakout groups leverage their own expertise, plenary group presentations, and provided Literature Review to iterate as a group on current capabilities, understood shortfalls and desired capabilities to address the topic of their group. The desired outcome from each group is to determine research needs (and associated research questions) to address shortfalls and desired capabilities to sufficiently improve the ability to respond for each topic. Determining needed research questions are the key desired outcome of the workshop.
This invitational workshop, hosted jointly by ADAC and the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Emerging Policy, took place May 10-11, 2017 in Fairbanks, Alaska. The workshop was part of events offered during the Week of the Arctic hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Bringing together select Arctic researchers and Arctic operators, the focus of the two-day workshop was to project and discern the potential physical and security environment challenges facing the Arctic Maritime Operator community in the greater North American Arctic in “Arctic 2030” timeline. Based on the current Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Coast Guard responsibilities and missions, workshop participants engaged in identification of mission requirements, needed response capabilities, and associated science and technology gaps and shortfalls. Following the event, the hosts coordinated to produce an “Arctic 2030” workshop report suitable to support U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters’ Arctic Strategy Plan Implementation.
Arctic 2030 Video
On June 21-22, 2016 ADAC hosted the first Arctic-related Incidents of National Significance (IoNS) Workshop. That workshop scenario explored how to respond to an Arctic cruise ship disaster. In October of 2017, the ADAC will host another Arctic IoNS, this one focusing on Arctic oil spill response. IoNS workshops bring together subject matter experts from government operational agencies, academia, and industry to share their research and identify areas of concern in the Arctic. The ideas generated during these workshops address specific research relevant to the United States Coast Guard mission and lead to solutions related to gaps and shortfalls identified during the workshop.