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Shell Arctic - Gaining a better understanding of the Arctic ecosystem
Baseline studies help us understand the environment in which we work.
It's looking at offshore marine resources...
...the fisheries, the sea, marine and coastal birds and the marine mammals.
We're interested in the population health of polar bears, walrus...
...many of the ice dependent seals and bowhead whales and beluga whales.
A lot of these components are integrated.
Subsistence whaling is associated with community health.
Migrational patterns of bowhead whales is related to subsistence.
So trying to understand those dynamics in an integrated fashion...
...rather than just looking at the biology is an important way for us...
...to evaluate our activities and minimise those potential negative impacts.
We are actively working to develop collaborations...
...to guide and provide oversight of our baselines studies programme.
That's another area where traditional knowledge...
...can influence the studies that we'll do to better understand potential impacts.
When you go back and look at the historical information...
...you see a study here, a report there, mainly from the 80's and early 90's...
...about different components of the environment.
For us to be successful we must look at the eco-system in an integrated fashion.
We're doing that in a collaborative fashion with others.
The scientific community is excited about the potential future work...
...in terms of generating science in the Arctic.
I think Shell will be in Alaska for a long time.
I'm born and raised in Alaska, grown up there.
I'm happy to have come back after school to work for a company...
...that has some of the commitments to the environment that I have.
So, fifty years, sixty years... It's a long-term process.
That's why this stage is pretty exciting.
Because we can influence how Shell will operate in the future.
And get it right from the start.
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