Convener: Lars Lövgren, Umeå University
The Arctic has for long received an ever increasing attention from the industrialized countries, not the least as a source of various natural resources. Since extraction of raw materials generally are associated to significant environmental impact there are great concerns that such activities in the vulnerable Arctic environment will cause substantial adverse effects in this region. There is definitely a need for improved methods for both assessing the environmental risks and impact connected to extraction of raw materials and to develop new and improved techniques to re-mediate effected areas. This session will provide an opportunity for researchers and also consultancies in the area to share experiences and results. A particular objective is to elucidate technical and scientific issues related to the vulnerable Arctic environment.