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Northern Sea Route


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  • proper n. a shipping lane from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean along the Russian Arctic coast from the Barents Sea, along Siberia, to the Far East.


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  • Aliyev's company, RIMSCO, tripled cargo along Russia's coastal waterway last year when a warm summer kept what Russia calls the Northern Sea Route open for a record 141 days, almost a month longer than usual.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • The official said the voyage will attract the attention of freight forwarders to the transport capacities of the Northern Sea Route, which is the shortest seaway from the ports of western Europe and Russia to the Far East and South-East Asia.

    RIA Novosti

  • The Yamal Nenet situation differs from that of the Finnmark herders in that the Yamal Nenets are experiencing stresses relating to oil and gas extraction, and might in the future experience stresses related to Northern Sea Route coastal development made possible by climate change.

    Understanding and assessing climate change vulnerabilities in the Arctic through case studies

  • The bottom depth in the near-shore zone of the Northern Sea Route has increased by ~0. 8 m over the past 14 years [31].

    Carbon cycle and climate change in the Arctic

  • Thinner, less extensive sea ice is very likely to improve navigation conditions along most northern shipping routes, such as the Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route (see also section 16.3.7).

    Coastal environment and infrastructure in the Arctic

  • This route was previously named the Northeast Passage, but is now more often known by its Russian name – the Northern Sea Route.

    Infrastructure and climate in the Arctic

  • The benefits of a longer shipping season in the Arctic, with the possibility of easy transit through the Northern Sea Route and Northwest Passage for at least part of the year, are likely to be significant.

    Infrastructure and climate in the Arctic

  • There are few days when, even at mid-century, the Northern Sea Route is covered by 75% open water (25% sea-ice cover).

    Infrastructure and climate in the Arctic

  • If ships sailing along the Northern Sea Route are designed for and capable of navigating in waters with 25% open water (75% sea-ice cover), the projected length of the navigation season is considerably longer than that for ships that are minimally ice-capable and can only navigate in 75% open water (25% sea-ice cover).

    Infrastructure and climate in the Arctic

  • Figure 16.22 shows the five-model mean for three conditions: 25, 50, and 75% open water across the Northern Sea Route.

    Infrastructure and climate in the Arctic


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