ANTICIPATING THE NEEDS OF THE FUTURE
ADAC's MaLTE Workshops are important sessions geared to find Arctic-focused “Medium and Long Term Environment” (Arctic MaLTE). Having been started in May 2017, ADAC has strived to find solutions to problems before they are needed. If you are interested in knowing when the next workshop will be, please be sure to check out Events Page.
Identifying Northern Industry Opportunities
Barrow Arctic Research Center, Utqiagvik Alaska, 25-26 June 2019
This 4th ADAC Arctic MaLTE workshop method brought together a collection of innovative minds for an exploratory discussion of Alaska’s “blue” opportunities. In particular, as the future inheritors and innovators of tomorrow’s Arctic Domain, this workshop seeks to focus on the perspectives of young adults (specifically coastal residents, 18 years and older) in order to gather insight into sustainably capitalizing on the ocean’s resources for the benefit of the Arctic and its residents. With young adults as the focus, this workshop seeks an interactive and collaborative approach amongst the general public (particularly rural residents), industry experts, Blue Economy experts, entrepreneurial advisors, and academics. The workshop is oriented towards developing discussions and initiatives that could result in future research, or opportunities to compete in grants awarded to advance “Blue Economy” in the Arctic context. The workshop was an interactive event composed of group activities, presentations, and innovative and creative brainstorming sessions. This is the fourth such ADAC conducted Arctic MaLTE workshop. The “Blue Economy: Identifying Northern Industry Opportunities” Workshop partners include the University of Alaska, the UAA Center for Economic Development, the UAA Center for Rural Collaboration, and the Alaska Ocean Cluster.
Assessing Concern, Advancing Collaboration
University of Alaska Anchorage, 18-20 September 2018
The purpose of the workshop was to gather Arctic minded experts from government, operators, academics, and industry principally from Canada and the U.S. to collaboratively assess security and provide solutions focused on the North American Arctic maritime region, including environmental and human security. The workshop will include plenary panels and breakout discussions to facilitate assessment and identify actions to mitigate risk and improve North American Arctic maritime and environmental security. The “so what” of this workshop is to build on prior discussions and assessments (much of which is contained in a preparatory Literature Review), and create a framework of actions that policy and decision makers can leverage. This was a workshop aimed not only to assess, but also to provide recommendations and solutions.
Gaining Alaskan Native Insights to Challenges Anticipated Across Maritime and Coastal Regions
University of Fairbanks Northwest Campus, 26-27 March 2018
This workshop focused on an increasingly dynamic Arctic is affecting populations whose ancestors have inhabited the region for generations. Looking to future decades, U.S federal decision makers are likely to face tough strategy, policy and resource choices. It is a reasonable and fair assumption that as the physical environment of the Arctic warms (further increasing access and enabling higher levels of human activity) the already strategic importance of the Arctic will further increase. Accordingly, ADAC, Headquarters U.S. Coast Guard “Evergreen” and U.S. Coast Guard Arctic Policy Planners are working with an array of collaborators to create a new workshop, specifically oriented to “listen and learn” from Alaskan Arctic experts in local and place-based knowledge that will enhance understanding of the region. The workshop planners are seeking to learn from a community of people who have a “PhD in Arctic living” in trying to understand the challenges, expected changes, and opportunities that may present in the Arctic in the coming decades and can be integrated into federal plans. This workshop helped to inform planning, strategy and policy decisions for the distant future.
University of Alaska Fairbanks, 11-12 May 2017
The Arctic 2030+ workshop examined the “Needs of the North” by investigating requirements to enable effective homeland security operations in the Arctic beginning in 2030. Consequently, the workshop analyzed future homeland security needs in the Arctic and explored the potentially needed investments in research and infrastructure during the coming decades to enable the best possible response to these needs. Furthermore, the workshop investigated gaps and shortfalls in research seeking to define questions to be addressed in future research calls. The Arctic 2030+ workshop generated a range of important areas of concern associated with three major areas of economic concern: destination tourism, resource extraction, and transshipment through Arctic waterways.