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We have five decades of experience of operating in the Arctic and continue to learn more about its changing environment. Through our involvement in scientific research programmes we are increasing our understanding of current Arctic conditions, wildlife and how we can best co-exist with local communities.
We are building on our long experience of safe and successful operations in the Arctic and subarctic to support more research programmes on environment in which we operate that will help us to best deliver our projects.
Working with local people
Kajutaq Avike, an Inuit hunter, about to enter an Igloo he has built at dusk
Our science programme includes studying historical trends and considering how oil and gas activity can co-exist with a subsistence culture and Arctic communities that have thrived for centuries.
We also learn from indigenous people, whose traditional ecological knowledge can contribute essential information and provide an early warning system for potential environmental problems.
In 2010, for example, we entered into a long-term agreement with Alaska’s North Slope Borough to collaborate on further research into significant environmental challenges connected with developing energy resources in the region.
This programme aims to balance traditional ecological knowledge with science to answer the questions and concerns of local residents.
Respecting Arctic wildlife
We are carrying out integrated research that includes zoology, sediment sampling, deep-water studies, and looking at the food web systems that support marine mammals. This provides us with a detailed understanding of Arctic ecosystems and helps us plan our activities to limit potential impact.
Tailoring our technologies
The Arctic presents extreme conditions, including freezing temperatures and moving ice. Our research and development includes studying offshore structures and ice loads, ice management, ice and weather forecasting, pipeline protection, undersea installations, shipping and logistics. This helps us to develop the right technologies to operate safely and with limited impact on the environment.
Building on decades of scientific research
Our planned oil and gas exploration in offshore Alaska is built on decades of scientific research. Thousands of independent scientific studies have been completed in the Arctic. We commissioned work to draw together existing science research in the US Arctic (PDF, 10.8 MB) , a project completed in November 2010.