Alterations in shipping patterns due to changes in international trading relationships, as well as evolution in vessel size and the potential for climate change to affect polar shipping routes, are issues of importance to commerce in Southern California, affecting port infrastructure and potentially the entire U.S. economy.

Community Engagement

  • USC Sea Grant and USC’s Global Policy Institute hosted the 2018 Arctic Conference in Los Angeles. Speakers from all eight nations in the Arctic Council joined experts from USC to discuss major challenges in Arctic governance, security, marine shipping and transportation, environmental risks, indigenous communities, tourism, and future policies through the lens of a changing climate. 

    Read the Conference Highlights

    Arctic Indigenous Peoples & Communities Blog: This blog introduces one of the Arctic issues that was discussed at the 2018 Arctic Conference Co-hosted by USC Sea Grant.