Sea Ice Mapping, the Marginal Ice Zone, and Norwegian Ocean Management

Figure 4 (2015 p37)Since I began researching the Arctic, I have been particularly intrigued by the legal, political, and cultural meanings of sea ice. Just as the ocean adds new dimensions to how we think of land (a key diver of my Wet Ontologies project), sea ice further complicates the idealised land-water binary that blinds our ability to think with the ocean as it permeates our lives. Whilst some of my research on sea ice has been channeled through the ICE LAW Project, I have also been working with Berit Kristoffersen, Kristen Shake, Laura Seddon, and others to understand the decisions underlying the ways in which sea ice is scientifically designated and enrolled into planning maps and discourses. This research, in turn, connects with other work that I have been undertaking with Berit Kristoffersen on Norwegian ocean management and development policy. Publications in this area include:

  • “The ice edge is lost….nature moved it”: mapping ice as state practice in the Canadian and Norwegian North (with Berit Kristoffersen, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2017) | PDF (open access) | Companion blogpost
  • (Un)frozen spaces: exploring the role of sea ice in the marine socio-legal spaces of the Bering and Beaufort Seas (with Kristen Shake, Karen Frey, & Deborah Martin, Journal of Borderland Studies, 2018) | PDF (behind paywall)
  • Building a blue economy in the Arctic Ocean: sustaining the sea or sustaining the state (with Berit Kristoffersen, in The Politics of Sustainability in the Arctic: Reconfiguring Identity, Space, and Time [U.P. Gad & J. Strandsbjerg, eds.], 2018) | Website

A further chapter will be published in 2019 in Blue Legalities (I. Braverman & E. Johnson, eds.).

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