3rd Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on
Naval and Maritime Operations
June 9–11, 2009
U.S. Naval Academy
The symposium provided a unique, high-level opportunity to explore the plans of key agencies to respond to the new mandate of the Federal government's Arctic Policy (148 KB pdf). It also served to further publicize the results of the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) approved by the Arctic Council in April 2009. As in previous symposia, the 2009 event provided a forum for the review of the rapid changes in Arctic sea ice conditions observed over the last years, an update on sea ice forecast model predictions, and a review the impact of present and expected environmental conditions on present and future naval and maritime operations in the region.