Shrinking ice- increasing traffic
The Arctic is undergoing unprecedented change as the summer sea ice continues to shrink. As the ice contracts, shipping within and across the Arctic along with oil and gas exploration and tourism will likely increase. In addition, fishing will expand as fish continue migrating north to cooler waters. With more activity in the Arctic and potentially out-of-date nautical charts, the U.S. Coast Guard must be prepared for more search and rescue operations in this remote area.
To be prepared for the increasing traffic in the Arctic, The "Rescue and Research" mission of the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy proceeded in July 2015, when scientists from various agencies collected oceanographic and atmospheric data and the US Coast Guard Research and Development Center tested and evaluated new technologies to improve capabilities in search and rescue by Coast Guard units in the Arctic.