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Alaska and Arctic Maritime Communications and Connectivity Analysis (AAMC&CA)




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This project provides a comprehensive review of mariner communications and connectivity mission needs for the Alaska and the U.S. Arctic Extended Economic Zone (EEZ), with a particular focus on the Arctic (based on near, mid-term, and long-term time horizons). The investigation will take a sequenced and iterative approach, beginning with a comprehensive literature review, the establishment of a Core Advisory Team, and the development of detailed working groups. These phases will inform and drive the development of a detailed qualitative market survey, which will serve as the primary data-gathering stage in which key stakeholders will identify gaps and shortfalls related to maritime connectivity needs in their respective regions, industries, and communities. The culmination of the latter phases will inform an expert assessment, leading to the creation of a draft knowledge product, which will be assessed and finalized through a final capstone workshop. The principal focus of this planned series of investigations is to review current-to-long term mission connectivity needs, and to assess current and emerging technologies in order to derive an expert-driven comprehensive knowledge product. Planned research will address support to the public good for marine communications and connectivity concerns that affect mariner and Coastal communities across Alaska. Research will assess associated communications and connectivity needs to include regulatory compliance requirements for the International Convention of Safety of Life at Sea 1974 protocols (SOLAS—1974).


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Jason Roe

Project Investigator


Jason “Olaf” Roe, Petty Officer, USCG (Ret)

Jason “Olaf” Roe, USCG (Ret), is the Associate Director and Senior Research Professional for the Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) at the University of Alaska, a DHS Center of Excellence. As Senior Research Professional, Mr. Roe’s mission is to provide USCG operator focused coordination, guidance, and support to ADAC research and guide project development to maximize CG operational relevance. Mr. Roe’s skill and experience with GIS systems, environmental models, and mission planning tools provides ADAC with valuable insight into CG operations. During his 12 years of service in Alaska, working with a wide range of Arctic stakeholders, Mr. Roe developed a respect and admiration for Arctic and rural Alaska, and is committed to increasing the safety and security of the Arctic Region through Community engagement and Operationally relevant research in support of the public good.
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Dr. Mark Ivey

Project Investigator

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Douglas Causey

Project Investigator


Douglas Causey, PhD

Douglas Causey is Principal Investigator of the Department of Homeland Security Arctic Domain Awareness Center of Excellence and Professor of Biological Sciences at UAA. He also serves as Senior Advisor on Arctic Policy to the Chancellor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He arrived to UAA in June 2005 from Harvard University where he was Senior Fellow of the Kennedy School of Government and Senior Biologist at the Museum of Comparative Zoology. From 1995 - 2000, Doug represented the National Science Foundation at organizational meetings leading to the formation of the Arctic Council and was NSF’s Arctic Representative during the Gore-Chernomyrdin negotiations on US-Russian Science Policy. An ecologist and evolutionary biologist by training, he has authored over one hundred ninety publications on topics as diverse as the biology of Arctic marine birds, high Arctic coastal systems, and bat-borne diseases. His research focuses on the environmental correlates of Arctic climate change, and he and his students are actively conducting research in the Aleutian Islands, the northern Bering Sea, and Northwestern Greenland. His Greenlandic research efforts are funded by the National Science Foundation and are components of the Piniariarneq and Pikialasorsuaq initiatives. He has published extensively on policy issues related to the Arctic environment, Arctic environmental security, and bioterrorism and public health. He and Maj Gen (ret.) Randy Kee jointly offer the policy course “Arctic Environmental Security” through the University of Alaska and the UArctic, and which is attended by students throughout the Arctic region.