Breaking the Ice: Mapping a Changing Arctic

The Arctic is changing. As shrinking ice cover makes this region more accessible, nations with Arctic real estate are exploring economic opportunities

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Mapping A Changing Arctic

Breaking the Ice: Mapping a Changing Arctic

The Arctic is changing. As retreating ice cover makes this region more accessible, nations with Arctic real estate are thinking of developing these subzero landscapes and the resources below.

As the Arctic evolves, a vast amount of resources will become more accessible and longer shipping seasons will improve Arctic logistics. But with a changing climate and increased public pressure to limit resource development in environmentally sensitive regions, the future of northern economic activity is far from certain.

This series of maps shows the location of major oil and gas fields in the Arctic and the possible new trade routes through this frontier.


First published: December 20, 2019 (link)

Source files included: .ai, .eps, .pdf

Data source: USGS, Arctic Sea Shipping

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