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Let us travel to 2035. According to scientists, the Arctic is going to become ice-free by the end of the decade. Vessels will soon start rushing there, enticed by the promise of year-round sailing opportunities. An international organization, called the Arctic League, safeguards the region’s future development while balancing economic, societal, and environmental considerations… This is the premise to the Arctic Future simulation.

Building on the premise of a future ice-free Arctic, the simulation explores possible challenges and tensions anticipated to arise in the region with regards to international trade routes and security. Participants, assuming the roles of high officials from Arctic countries, negotiate and vote on a treaty that regulates economic, social, and environmental issues in the region. The debate, revolving around trade routes, extra fees, and marine environment, is interrupted by a series of unexpected, narrative interludes – like news about the blockade of the Suez and Panama canal.

The participants take on the roles of different policy makers, scientists, activists, and business people. They face a series of dramatic events. While this storyline unfolds, the participants work in different thematic groups to respond to the changing situation. The storyline is presented using a series of professionally-made videos, news articles, social media accounts, and other materials, such as maps or infographics. The storyline is always created based on available scientific data on the subject matter and consulted with experts from the field.

About the simulation

Let us travel to 2035. According to scientists, the Arctic is going to become ice-free by the end of the decade. Vessels will soon start rushing there, enticed by the promise of year-round sailing opportunities. An international organization, called the Arctic League, safeguards the region’s future development while balancing economic, societal, and environmental considerations… This is the premise to the Arctic Future simulation.

Building on the premise of a future ice-free Arctic, the simulation explores possible challenges and tensions anticipated to arise in the region with regards to international trade routes and security. Participants, assuming the roles of high officials from Arctic countries, negotiate and vote on a treaty that regulates economic, social, and environmental issues in the region. The debate, revolving around trade routes, extra fees, and marine environment, is interrupted by a series of unexpected, narrative interludes – like news about the blockade of the Suez and Panama canal.

The participants take on the roles of different policy makers, scientists, activists, and business people. They face a series of dramatic events. While this storyline unfolds, the participants work in different thematic groups to respond to the changing situation. The storyline is presented using a series of professionally-made videos, news articles, social media accounts, and other materials, such as maps or infographics. The storyline is always created based on available scientific data on the subject matter and consulted with experts from the field.

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The Arctic Future Simulation was prepared for the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2020 in collaboration between Centre for Systems Solutions, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa. It was created based upon the Cascading Climate Impacts simulation that was developed within the CASCADES project.

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The Arctic Future Simulation was prepared for the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2020 in collaboration between Centre for Systems Solutions, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa. It was created based upon the Cascading Climate Impacts simulation that was developed within the CASCADES project.

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Designers

Simulation design

Lukasz Jarzabek
Piotr Magnuszewski

Co-design

Nicole Arbour
Brendan Frank
Monica Gattinger

Texts

Amanda Anthony
Hubert Brychczynski
Paolo Campo
Timothy Giger
Lukasz Jarzabek
Piotr Magnuszewski 
Aleksandra Solinska-Nowak

Software

Wladyslaw Zoloto

Graphics

Bartosz Naprawa

Video editing

Anna Koch

Designers

Simulation design

Lukasz Jarzabek
Piotr Magnuszewski

Co-design

Nicole Arbour
Brendan Frank
Monica Gattinger

Research, Narratives & Texts

Amanda Anthony
Hubert Brychczynski
Paolo Campo
Timothy Giger
Lukasz Jarzabek
Piotr Magnuszewski 
Aleksandra Solinska-Nowak

Software

Wladyslaw Zoloto

Graphics

Bartosz Naprawa

Video editing

Anna Koch

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    The simulation was developed in the Horizon 2020 project “CASCADES – Cascading climate risks: Towards adaptive and resilient European Societies”, in collaboration with project partners. The project has been funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 821010.

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