Reuters disseminates a note from Kremlin saying Gazprom Neft and Royal Dutch Shell prepare to join forces to exploit on- and offshore resources in the Arctic. Putin visits The Netherlands next week.
As a follow up of Putin's inspection of the Franz Josef Land in 2010, arctic.ru reports a team of 30 students will start cleansing the archipelago as of 1st of June. 400,000 barrels as well as 700 containers of varying size that hold 10-50 metric tons of oil and lubricants were found in 2010.-> continue reading
The new grid is on a 500 meter spacing, revealing much greater details of the Arctic seafloor than IBCAO Version 1.0 (2.5 km) and Version 2.0 (2.0 km). The area covered by multibeam surveys has increased from ~6 % in Version 2.0 to ~11% in Version 3.0. The compilation of IBCAO Version 3.0 is described in a Geophysical Research Letter article available for download.-> continue reading