Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


Environmental factors which have impeded activity in the Arctic, in the past, remain significant barriers to the development of the Northwest Passage. Consequently, enormous capital as well as bilateral planning and cooperation between United States and Canadian public and private agencies will be required if significant progress is to be achieved. The resource wealth of the Arctic promises the economic incentives essential to the eventual development of a transportation system to permit exploitation of these resources. Development of a commercially feasible Northwest Passage is both economically and strategically desirable. However, immense physical and engineering problems remain to be solved.