ARCHIVED - Canada and South Korea Sign Joint Statement to Conduct Polar Research Activities

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Canada has signed a joint statement with South Korea, securing access to the new state-of-the-art icebreaker “Araon” to conduct research activities in the Canadian Arctic.

Canada will use the South Korean vessel for the 2013 field season to conduct research on the Beaufort Shelf and in the Canada Basin. It will be used to conduct seismic surveys and seabed mapping to support research on potential geological hazards related to oil and gas drilling in the Beaufort Sea.

Both countries are committed to building on this relationship in the coming years in order to advance geohazard and environmental research in the Canadian Arctic. Research resulting from this collaboration will provide a better understanding of the Arctic’s environment, thereby reducing the risks associated with exploration and development in Canada’s North.

Canada’s Arctic is rich in resources, and developing them could bring increased prosperity to the entire country. There are currently 24 advanced projects in the North representing $38 billion in potential new investment. These projects could support an estimated 8,000 full-time jobs in the mining, manufacturing, and transportation sectors.

This agreement supports the Government of Canada’s Northern Strategy to build a strong Arctic science and technology infrastructure that will help the North realize its true potential as a healthy and prosperous region.

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