Co-led by the United States and Iceland, under the guidance of the Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group

Principal Investigator: Institute of the North, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Increased resource extraction to support economic and community development and increased shipping traffic through Arctic waters have resulted in the corresponding need for an increased capacity to respond by sea and air. Arctic ports and airports serve as an important base for response, acting as a gateway to support SAR, resource extraction and development activities, pollution prevention and environmental safety, and community health and security.

The Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group approved a project during the Swedish Chairmanship (co-led by the United States and Iceland) to assess transportation infrastructure. The Arctic Marine and Aviation Transportation Infrastructure Initiative (AMATII) seek to evaluate Northern infrastructure ports, airports, and response capability by inventorying maritime and aviation assets in the Arctic.



An Arctic Maritime and Aviation Infrastructure Database, a web-based, searchable map that builds in layers of baseline data, including infrastructure, connectivity, weather, navigational aids and communications data, and traffic.

A Port and Airport Infrastructure Conference that invites international stakeholders to consider infrastructure extent and best practices, within the context of sustainable development.

A Guidance Document with case studies and illustrative stories of northern aviation and marine infrastructure to highlight the challenges of infrastructure development in the Arctic and its role in facilitating sustainable development.


AMATII Steering Committee

Jonas Allansson, Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of Iceland delegation to SDWG | Iceland

Mikael Anzen, Chair, Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) | Sweden

Bill Blahitka, Government of Yukon | Canada

Roberta Burns, U.S. Department of State | United States of America

Richard Corley, U.S. Maritime Administration | United States of American

Jennifer Dallman-Sanders, Government of the Northwest Territories | Canada

Charlene Derry, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration | United States of America

Steve Hatter, State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities | United States of America

Christine Leroy, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

William McKay, Government of Nunavut | Canada

Jeff Ottesen, State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities | United States of America

Jutta Paczulla, Transport Canada

Drue Pearce, Board of Directors Chair, Institute of the North | United State of America

FriĆ°finnur Skaftason, Iceland Ministry of Interior | Iceland

Jenny Trapnell, Government of Yukon | Canada



Executive Summary - Arctic Maritime and Aviation Transportation Infrastructure Initiative: Providing a Comparative Analysis of Port and Airport Infrastructure in Arctic Nations

The Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment 2009 Report

Arctic Council Status of Implementation of the AMSA 2009 Report Recommendations

Proceedings of the 2010 Arctic Aviation Experts Conference 

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