Seismic surveys and the Greenland regulation

L. K.Y.A. Kyhn, D. M. Wisniewska, K. Beedholm, M. P. Heide-Jørgensen, R. G. Hansen, J. Tougaard, D. Boertmann

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The early tens saw a growing interest in searching for hydrocarbon deposits in offshore Greenland Waters. Deeper Arctic waters have propagation conditions and a marine mammal fauna different from better-studied temperate or shallow-water regions, and there are therefore many unknowns when it comes to negative impacts on marine mammals when conducting seismic surveys in Greenland. The Greenland Environmental Agency for Mineral Resource Activities (EAMRA) therefore established a rather strict regulation of seismic surveys to protect marine mammals during seismic surveys. The regulation is built on four pillars; 1) an annual application cycle, 2) modeling of noise emissions, 3) time-closure areas for vulnerable species and 3) a requirement of noise monitoring during seismic surveys. In 2012 four seismic surveys were planned for Baffin Bay, Greenland. The surveys were accompanied by three studies to examine the effects on the soundscape and narwhals: 1) Propagation of airgun pulses, 2) aerial surveys to examine narwhal distribution, 3) an interview study with narwhal hunters to examine potential changes to the narwhal hunt. The overall results will be presented at the workshop.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication80th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2018 Workshop Programme
PublisherEuropean Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE
Publication date2018
ISBN (Electronic)9789462822573
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event80th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2018 Workshop Programme - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 10. Jun 201815. Jul 2018


Conference80th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2018 Workshop Programme

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by The Mineral iL cense and Safety Authority (MLSA) and Environmental Agency for Mineral Resource Activities (EAMRA) Greenland, through payments by license holders in the area. Koen Broker and Brad Boschetto (Shell), Carsten Sønderskov and endyH esH ha m (Mærsk), Eimund Garpestad (ConocoPhillips) and Melanie Austin (JASC)O are thanked for their collaboration. We would like to thank Shell for permission to use and show results from their monitoring stations BB1-4, and Conoco-Phillips for permission to incorporate the results of the preseason modelling they commissioned. We are grateful to James Lynch, Arthur eN whall and Lin iY ng - Tsong for collaboration and valuable discussions throughout all stages of this project. Tenna Boye, Morten eH ilmann and the crew of R/V Sanna are acknowledged for valuable help in the field. The crew of R/V Polarcus Asima, M/V Polarcus Amani and M/V Polarcus Samur and M/V Princess are thanked for collaboration and support in the field.

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