A half-day seminar was organised at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) in Kumpula, Helsinki on November 25th. The seminar focused on what space data can offer today and in the near future for the Arctic Marine Industry. What are the solutions and benefits space data can provide, e.g. in route optimization and autonomous operations, and what are the funding possibilities.
The Finnish Marine Industries, the Arctic Society of Finland, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation – Tekes and European Space Agency (ESA) organised the event with assistance from Geowise Ltd. Approximately 90 persons attended the seminar comprising of representatives from marine industry, various institutions and private companies.
Merja Salmi-Lindgren from the Finnish Marine Industries welcomed the audience and functioned as chair for the seminar. Esko Aho, from the East Office of Finland, delivered an inspiring speech titled ‘Arctic growth’, where he emphasised the importance of global co-operation in a ‘Team Arctic-spirit’. The seminar also contained a presentation about the Arctic Society of Finland by Timo Suistio. Piia Moilanen from Tekes presented the Arctic Seas programme whereas Petteri Taalas and Eero Rinne from FMI held a presentation on Sea ice conditions and Sentinel-1 future opportunities. Amnon Ginati from ESA brought up the essence of space in the arctic with several showcases, while Andrée Cooligan from the Embassy of Canada, focused on the cooperation possibilities between Canada and Finland.
The latter part of the seminar was largely covered by company presentations. Tero Vauraste from Arctia Shipping, Henrik Hannus from Aker Solutions and Juhani Laukkanen from Furuno Finland gave interesting presentations on their activities in the Arctic region. Antti Kestilä from Aalto University made a thought-provoking presentation about ICEYE – a constellation of small satellites to provide real-time ice information for the Arctic Seas. The seminar concluded with Gunn-Britt Retter’s (Saami Council) speech on Arctic Indigenous Peoples involvement in the Arctic development.
The seminar was a success resulting in interesting discussions and potential business opportunities for the attendees. It is clear that the arctic region poses a lot of possibilities for various international actors, Finns included. The Arctic region is affected strongly by climate change and we need international cooperation – Team Arctic – to solve the challenging conditions with new technology solutions, services and applications.
“The Arctic region should, in my opinion, be considered a new frontier.” – Esko Aho, East Office of Finland