Aim: To specify the requirements and the modular architecture of an innovative and persistent maritime surveillance system that is customized for the Arctic conditions.
Focus: The effective surveillance of the Northwest Passage (NWP) leading through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
Goal: To reliably provide maritime situational awareness for stakeholders such as government agencies, international organizations, industries, and Northern residents and communities.
- Projected growth of maritime traffic along Arctic sea routes
- The need for securing Canada’s sovereignty by controlling its Arctic waters
- Protecting the safety of international shipping
- Protecting the Arctic marine environment
- Improving northern shipping effectiveness
- A comprehensive analysis of stakeholders and their needs and expectations
- The preparation of a concept of operations
- Models of maritime traffic risk analysis in the NWP
- The derivation of operational requirements for a surveillance system of the NWP
- The analysis of appropriate sensors (already available and potentially available sensors and sensor platforms)
- New concepts of sensor data and information fusion
- New concepts of automated traffic anomaly detection
- The conceptual design of a customer- and role-based situation picture
- The interpretation of the situation picture to support decision making processes in critical situations (e.g. Search and Rescue operations, actions against illegal activities, prevention of oil spills)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council – Collaborative Research & Development (NSERC-CRD)
Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, following a decision of the German Bundestag