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US Navy 2014 to 2030 Arctic Roadmap
« on: March 24, 2014, 07:26:35 PM »
The US Navy recently released their new "Arctic Roadmap" for the years 2014 to 2030. According to the Navy's press release:

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In the coming decades, as multi-year sea ice in the Arctic Ocean recedes, previously unreachable areas may open for maritime use for a few weeks each year. This opening maritime frontier has important national security implications and impact required future Navy capabilities.

"Our goal is to have the Arctic continue to unfold peaceably," said Vice Adm. Michelle Howard, Deputy CNO for Operations, Plans and Policy. "Working with our maritime and inter-agency partners, and by investing smartly in future capabilities, we can contribute to a secure and stable Arctic region."

"As the perennial ice melts and open water is available for longer periods of time, we are committed to expanding our Arctic capabilities," said Rear Adm. Jonathan White, Oceanographer of the Navy and the Navy's Task Force Climate Change director.

Given the vast distances and virtually no supporting infrastructure there, naval forces without specialized equipment and operational experience face substantial impediments. Naval operations in the Arctic Ocean require special training, extreme cold-weather modifications for systems and equipment, and complex logistics support.

Amongst many other things the roadmap document itself discusses future reduction in sea ice cover in the Arctic:

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Reduction of Arctic Ocean sea ice is expected to continue, and major waterways will become increasingly open. By 2020, the Bering Strait is expected to see open water conditions up to 160 days per year, with 35-45 days of shoulder season. The Northern Sea Route will experience up to 30 days of open water conditions, with up to 45 days of shoulder season conditions. Analysis suggests that the reliable navigability of other routes, including the Transpolar Route and the Northwest Passage, is limited in this timeframe. There will be shoulder season route variability based upon ice age, melt, and movement.

Beyond 2030 environmental conditions are expected to support even greater and more reliable maritime presence in the region. Major waterways are predicted to be consistently open, with a significant increase in traffic over the summer months. The Northern Sea Route and Transpolar Route should be navigable 130 days per year, with open water passage up to 75 days per year. The Northwest Passage will be increasingly open during the late summer and early fall.

Summarising matters, the Roadmap's introduction concludes that:

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Anticipating the impacts of climate change, the Navy will take deliberate steps to prepare for near-term (2014-2020), mid-term (2020-2030), and far-term (beyond 2030) Arctic Ocean operations. As security conditions change and the Arctic Region becomes more accessible, the Navy will re-evaluate its preparedness. The Navy must make targeted investments in Arctic capabilities to hedge against uncertainty and safeguard enduring national interests.
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Re: US Navy 2014 to 2030 Arctic Roadmap
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2014, 03:57:43 AM »
if the NSIDC or any other organisation were to release a paper like this they would be immediately dismissed as "alarmist" or "warmist".   I'm curious to see how the skeptics and Murdoch's minions respond.  They'll probably ignore it
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Re: US Navy 2014 to 2030 Arctic Roadmap
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2014, 11:15:23 AM »
You're probably right Stephen!

In fact Rear Admiral White is rather more "warmist" than this report suggests. He publicly stated last year that he thought there would be "one month of ice free conditions in the Arctic"  by 2023:

http://econnexus.org/the-economist-being-economical-with-the-truth-about-climate-change/#Jon
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Re: US Navy 2014 to 2030 Arctic Roadmap
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2014, 02:38:53 PM »
Those damn liberal, warmist armed forces...  ;)

Of course.....the armed forces has to deal with REALITY.  Organizations like Heartland Institute don't have to deal with reality.  It will be interesting to see how the "right" deals with continued doses of reality as years pass by.

I'm sure they will have a good reason for ice continuing to melt.......
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