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Special Issue "Towards Sustainable Development of the Arctic: Consequences of Pollutant in the Arctic"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Air, Climate Change and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mawuli Afenyo
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Guest Editor
Transport Institute, University of Manitoba & CCAPPTIA, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Interests: climate change; oil spill modelling and emergency response; risk of oil and gas operations and shipping; the Arctic; Bayesian network and uncertainty analysis; sustainability in engineering processes; risk assessment; oil spills; supply chain; resilience
Prof. Adolf K.Y. Ng
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Guest Editor
Asper School of Business, St. John’s College, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Interests: climate change; resilience; ports; shipping; oil spills

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 13, highlights the urgent need to take action to combat climate change, while SDG 14, emphasizes the need to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. This therefore calls for urgent action to protect our oceans and other water bodies from pollution. In the Arctic, the increase in temperature over the years has led to a higher rate of ice melting due to global warming. This phenomenon also means that previously ice-covered waters in the Arctic have gradually become ice free and presenting opportunities for shipping and natural resource exploration. Already there is substantial work on-going in the Northern Sea Route and the North-West Passage is also likely to follow suite. With these comes the risk of accidents from shipping and resource exploration, production, and transport. This means there is a likelihood of an oil spill in the Arctic and if this happens, the consequences on the Arctic marine ecosystem is dire.

This special issue therefore seeks to solicite papers for publication related to environmental, social, economic, and psychological impact of pollutants in the Arctic as a result of climate change. Works would include research articles, review articles, and short communications.

SDG 13 and 14 highlights the urgent need to combat climate change and also protect our oceans. Oil and gas production as well as shipping in the Arctic are both likely to contribute to climate change and also pollute the Arctic ocean. The overall focus of this special issue is to compile papers that would help inform policy for dealing with the climate change in the Arctic and protection of the Arctic ocean from pollutants like oil. Papers would therefore cover policy research for climate change and pollution prevention, accident modeling, ecosystem analysis, emergency response, oil spill consequences in the Arctic, and many more.

This issue will further supplement current literature in that there is limited work on the tools required to make an informed decision in terms of planning, response, mitigation and design of regulations for pollutants especially in indigenous associated areas.

Dr. Mawuli Afenyo
Prof. Adolf K.Y. Ng
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sustainable development
  • oil spills
  • Arctic
  • transportation
  • safety
  • risk

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Transport Airships for Scheduled Supply and Emergency Response in the Arctic
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 5301; - 10 May 2021
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As climate change progresses, the Arctic Ocean creates opportunities for new resource development and navigation routes. Such economic opportunities are attractive, but carry with them an increased risk of accidents and oil spills. Existing methods of emergency response face enormous challenges in the [...] Read more.
As climate change progresses, the Arctic Ocean creates opportunities for new resource development and navigation routes. Such economic opportunities are attractive, but carry with them an increased risk of accidents and oil spills. Existing methods of emergency response face enormous challenges in the Arctic because of its lack of transportation infrastructure and support services. Cargo airships offer a practical solution. Many airship designs are proposed that can carry over 30 tons, travel long distances at 150 km per hour, and land close to the emergency site. However, it is difficult to justify the economics of having enough capacity waiting and available to be marshaled in response to infrequent events. One solution is to develop a synergy with a new civilian cargo airship industry that can serve the regular transport needs of remote communities and mining operations. Through contingency contracts with these civilian operations, the Government of Canada could stretch its budgets and have access to the latest airship models and trained crews at locations across the Arctic. This paper gives valuable insight into the development of cargo airships. Advances in technology that make cargo airships a practical option in the 21st century are reviewed, and five competing airship designs are discussed. A case study of an existing rare earth mine proposal is used to illustrate the cost comparison of roads versus airships that could provide contingency services. Full article
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