Fall 2010 Risk Assessment Seminar: summary discussion

2010-12-16 by

This seminar series was titled ‘Defining Risk in Arctic Coastal and Offshore Resource Development: Perspectives and International Standards.’ In this final session 10, participants answered two questions:

What have you learned in the seminar?
Where should we go from here?

Participants in Anchorage included: Sharman Haley, ISER; Adele Fetter, ADEC; Sheila Selkregg, CBPP professor; Mandy Kamph, graduate student in project management; Mike Haller, BOEMRE; John Goll, BOEMRE; Irling Westlien, Shell. Participants in Fairbanks included Hajo Eiken, UAF; Andrew Metzger, UAF; Matt Druckenmiller, Ph.D student in geophysics.

This podcast was recorded in LIB 307 on Dec. 9, 2010.



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International Arctic Research Center
Links to mp3 recordings and PDF documents used in the 10-part series

Risk in Arctic coastal and offshore resource development

2010-10-25 by News, Sports, and Art

The purpose of this Fall 2010 seminar series, hosted by UA North by 2020, featured a talk by Elke Weber. The series explores overarching concepts of assessment and mitigation of risks applied in different settings relevant for natural resource development. Potential questions addressed by speakers and in the discussion include:


  • How can risk be evaluated and integrated into decision making?

  • What can be learned about potential biases from cognition and decision science?

  • What different paradigms or measures of risk are employed by different institutions?

  • How can the decision process integrate different perceptions or understanding of risk by different stakeholders?

Elke Weber, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Columbia University: Understanding, communicating, and managing risks across stakeholders and cultures.

This podcast was recorded on Oct. 22, 2010.



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Center for Research on Environmental Decisions
Features Elke Weber biography
International Arctic Research Center
Video and PDFs related to the 10-part series archived here

Seminar series: Defining risk in offshore drilling, session one

2010-09-22 by

Academics, industry engineers and government officials came together for the first of 10 seminars organized through the North by 2020 Forum, a university-initiated collaboration among interested parties to define risk in Arctic coastal and offshore resource development.

Sharman Haley, a professor of public policy at ISER, offers a short introduction to the ambitions for this seminar series, followed by her co-organizer, Hijo Eiken, a professor of geophysics, in Fairbanks.

Eiken, streaming from UAF, introduces this week’s guest, Walt Spring of Bear Ice Technology/Shell. Spring takes participants through an overview of draft offshore drilling standards, called ISO 19906, which will guide design, construction, transportation, installation and removal of offshore structures, related to petroleum and natural gas industry activity in arctic and cold regions.

This podcast was recorded on Sept. 16, 2010.



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Green & Gold
Announcement and schedule for seminar series
International Organization for Standardization
Home of the draft ISO 19906 standards
North by 2020
Website for forum for local and global perspective on the North
International Polar Year, Offshore Oil and Gas
Details on this theme, which gave rise to the seminar series

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