|December 9, 2016|
|8th Arctic Ocean Workshop, GEUS December 7-8, 2016|
| The 8th workshop on the Arctic Ocean was held at GEUS on December 7-8, 2016. The participants included scientists and management from the Continental Shelf Programs of the five Arctic countries together with high ranking officials from their respective foreign ministries; in total more than 65 persons were present.|
Since the first workshop in St. Petersburg in 2007, focus of these regular workshops has gradually changed from planning of data acquisition and interpretation to the use of data and results in submissions and presentations to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). Results from previous and ongoing joint scientific projects were also presented at the workshop together with plans for long-term preparedness and visions for new research.
Deputy Director General from GEUS Flemming G. Christiansen is very pleased with the large number of participants, the many excellent presentations and the intense discussions.
"It is a good measure of the importance of this work and that we have seen a good technical and scientific collaboration between the Arctic countries for a long time. It is expected that this collaboration will continue for many years to come, probably until all countries have received their recommendations from CLCS. Major challenges still exist due to the limited data density and there is a strong need for technical preparedness for coming negotiations. It is encouraging that an excellent background for joint research activities in the Arctic Ocean already exists, especially due to access to key data, well-tested methods, bright ideas and not least highly qualified and enthusiastic scientists."