System analysis thinking for Arctic Sustainability
Arctic sustainability was the main topic addressed by the System analysis thinking for Arctic Sustainability webinar held on 20th August 2020.
Text: Anngelica Kristoferqvist
Landscape in the Arctic
Image Anne Bjorkman
The webinar aimed to introduce System analysis thinking - a way to understand how the different disciplines impact a system and how it can be implemented for Arctic future preservation and welfare. The webinar was organized by the Sustainable Resources and Innovation Platform, at Umea University and funded by Arcum’s strategic funds.
Six distinguish speakers presented topics that explained what is System analysis thinking and its relation to Arctic needs, challenges and opportunities; impacts of Arctic contaminants; Environmental and social aspects related to mining in Arctic; life cycle analysis network and potential arctic research as well as Biofuels utilization for Arctic marine shipping.
With 31 participants from 17 different country from all around the world, the webinar provided an excellent opportunity for networking between international experts, interested academics, and students in this area.
The different topics made us learn about many new things in Arctic science and made us realize the importance and opportunities in cross-functional multidisciplinary research in Arctic
-“We promoted the concept of using system analysis thinking for Arctic sustainability among academics, experts and post graduate students, and we also established new lines of collaboration with our speakers and participants”, says Dalia Abdelfattah, postdoctoral fellow at Department of Chemistry, and also the organizer of the webinar.
The research team at the Sustainable Resources and Innovation Platform will continue the work on sustainability in the Arctic; “We are currently working in a topic related to potential environmental impacts of biofuels application for shipping in Arctic, we also are planning to collaborate with interested parties in areas related to Arctic sustainability”