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Arctic Geofencing

Arctic Vessel Monitoring, Geofencing & Alert Awareness


On any given day, depending on the time of year, there are 100 to 400 vessels operating within the U.S. Arctic region as defined by the Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984, exceeding 10,000 vessel transits annually. Arctic active monitoring systems, capable of determining whether vessels are complying with environmental protection regulations, entering marine protected areas, disrupting marine mammal haul-outs, endangering bird nesting areas, or impeding subsistence marine hunting activities, are practically nonexistent. The sheer volume of data required to maintain situational awareness of numerous constantly moving vessels in this region of national importance is overwhelming. The challenge of managing this volume of information requires the process of sifting through hundreds of vessel movements during any given hour to detect a potential incident. Building on the recent advent of satellite and terrestrial Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology provides the means to monitor and detect Arctic vessel transits that may present an elevated risk to people, property, and the marine environment.

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Tool Portal

Use the following link to visit the Alaska Geofence website to learn more or to create a Geofence.


Portrait of 		Dr. Shawn Butler

Principal Investigator

Dr. Shawn Butler

LTC (Ret.) Army Ph.D. Computer Science Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Alaska, Anchorage

Principal Investigator

Buddy Custard

CAPT (Ret.) USCG President and Chief Executive Officer Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network, Anchorage, Alaska