Safety in the Arctic region covers themes like risks due to long distances, people’s cold protection in sparsely populated areas, Arctic environmental risks, and climate change, but also development of the Arctic region in terms of new energy resources and logistical connections. The Safety in the Arctic region research theme is significant in the tourism sector because Arctic tourism is an important livelihood for the region’s stakeholders, and it brings new safety challenges to the region, such as the widespread presence of outsiders in the region, management of long distances, and the Arctic region as an operating environment that the tourism business operator must be familiar with. The topic area merges themes of physical safety—like cold protection—with social and mental phenomena.

Primary actors include the University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre and various faculties, the Northern Research Forum NRF, the international Calotte Academy network, and the Uarctic network. Every other year the international Barents Rescue drill gathers rescue authorities together for a joint crisis management exercise in the Northern region.



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Photo: © Niko Niemisalo

National and international networks and projects:
Human and cold network, Uarctic network, Northern Research Forum NRF, Barents Press network

Additional information:
Niko Niemisalo, Lapland University of Applied Sciences, MTI, niko.niemisalo@lapinamk.fi, tel. +358 40 183 4440