Addressing the challenges to search and rescue operations caused by ice conditions in Nunavut, Canada

Peter Kikkert, John Quigley, Ian Belton, Robert Brown, Kerri-Ann Ennis, Floris Goerlandt, Susan Howick, P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Lawrence Mak, Calvin Pedersen, Ronald Pelot, Desai Shan, Lesley Walls, George Wright

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Abstract

Search and rescue (SAR) operations on the land, water, and ice of Nunavut are often complex and challenging due to austere environmental conditions, the strain they place on local resources, and the vast distances involved in responding with Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers or southern-based aerial assets. Using the results of a literature review, practitioner interviews, and three regional SAR roundtables conducted in November 2022 in cooperation with Nunavut Emergency Management, this paper will assess: a) how changing ice conditions in the region add to these challenges by increasing the risk of SAR incidents; b) the ways in which the ice affects response operations; and c) how ice conditions exacerbate other difficulties in the SAR system. This paper concludes with a discussion of how the Nunavut Search and Rescue (NSAR) Project aims to address these challenges, focusing on modelling and analysis approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2023
Event27th International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Jun 202316 Jun 2023
Conference number: 27
http://www.peridynamics.org/poac2023

Conference

Conference27th International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions
Abbreviated titlePOAC 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period12/06/2316/06/23
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Keywords

  • risk
  • resilience
  • decision-making

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