Space opportunities for the Marine Industry in the Arctic 25 November 2014

Space opportunities for the Marine Industry in the Arctic
Tuesday 25 November 2014 at 13.00 – 16.40
Finnish Meteorological Institute, Brainstorm auditorium, Erik Palménin aukio 1, Helsinki

The importance of the Arctic, both strategically and economically, is increasing for several reasons. The polar ice cap is melting, opening new shipping routes, exposing sustainable oil and gas deposits, and making marine and mineral resources more accessible. For all these reasons, human activity in the Arctic is expected to increase considerably.
Satellites – communication, navigation and earth observation – are already part of the day-to-day activities in the shipping industry. With the forthcoming of new satellites the data becomes more easily accessible, real-time or near-real-time, while communication becomes more reliable and navigation more precise.
The Finnish Marine Industries, the Arctic Society of Finland, Tekes and European Space Agency (ESA) are organising a seminar 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 seminar also discusses Arctic economic potential and activities more broadly, for instance with focus on inter-state Arctic cooperation and indigenous involvement in the Arctic development.


Chair Merja Salmi-Lindgren, the Finnish Marine Industries
13:00    Welcoming words – Merja Salmi-Lindgren, the Finnish Marine Industries
13:05    The Arctic Society of Finland – Timo Suistio, the Arctic Society of Finland
13:10    Arctic growth – Esko Aho, East Office of Finland
13:30    Sea ice conditions & Sentinel-1 – Petteri Taalas & Eero Rinne, Finnish Meteorological Institute
13:55    Arctic Seas Programme – Piia Moilanen, Tekes
14:05    Space Applications Relevant to the Maritime and Arctic – Amnon Ginati, European Space Agency
14:30    Networking – coffee & tea
15:00    Canada-Finland Arctic cooperation – Andrée Cooligan, Embassy of Canada, Helsinki
15:20    User experience in the Arctic  – Tero Vauraste, Arctia Shipping
15:35    Offshore in the arctic – a designer perspective – Henrik Hannus,  Aker Solutions
15:55    Safe Navigation in the Arctic  – Juhani Laukkanen, Furuno Finland
16:10    ICEYE – real-time satellite data for the Arctic – Antti Kestilä, Aalto university
16:30    Arctic Indigenous Peoples involvement in the Arctic development – Gunn-Britt Retter, Saami Council
16:40    Closing words

Registration by 17 November 2014 at anni.salminen at

Programme in PDF

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