Looking for solutions to navigation problems in the Arctic

The quality of navigation in the Arctic region faces many challenges. For example, aviation cannot take full advantage of satellite navigation, because satellite coverage in the north is less extensive than it is in areas such as Central and Southern Europe.

‘The challenges of the Arctic region have been recognised and we are now starting to look for solutions. Authorities, businesses and researchers from various countries will meet next week at the Challenges in Arctic Navigation workshop. When we know the challenges, we will be able to create an action plan offering common solutions to these Arctic challenges’, says Professor Heidi Kuusniemi from the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGI at the National Land Survey.

The ARKKI project, which is responsible for organising the workshop, will be creating the action plan. The event will be held in Muonio on 16–18 April. The event is organized by the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute and the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Finland strong partner in cooperation in Arctic region

Finland holds the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2017–2019. During the Finnish chairmanship, a strong focus is on navigation, the functioning of telecommunications networks and services supporting marine traffic.

The National Land Survey is an active participant in the development of geospatial information in the Arctic region. In addition to the ARKKI project, the National Land Survey is also a member of the joint project Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (Arctic SDI). The National Land Survey's Director-General Arvo Kokkonen acts as chairman of the project. Arctic SDI is a joint project of the eight member states of the Arctic Council.

More information

Head of Department, Professor Heidi Kuusniemi, +358 29 531 4809, firstname.lastname@nls.fi

For more information, read the press release of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (in Finnish).

ARKKI project is conducted by the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute in collaboration with the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications. The project is funded by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Baltic Sea, Barents and Arctic cooperation programme.


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