Arctic shelf disputes mapped

Arctic claims (Univ. of Durham)

As the five countries bordering the Arctic are stepping up their bids for the Arctic shelf and its natural resources, the University of Durham has have drawn up the first ever ‘Arctic Map’ to show the disputed territories the countries might soon claim.


In response to numerous enquiries relating to maritime jurisdiction in the Arctic, IBRU has prepared a map and a set of briefing notes on the current state of play in the region. The map identifies known claims and agreed boundaries, plus potential areas that might be claimed in the future, the University writes on its website.

The cartographers from Durham’s International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU), researchers with an international reputation for expertise on boundary and territorial issues worldwide, hope it will become a vital tool in settling disputes, newspaper the Telegraph reports.

The director of research at IBRU, Martin Pratt, said to the newspaper that “the map is the most precise depiction yet of the limits and the future dividing lines that could be drawn across the Arctic region.

He believes the results might have major implications for policy-making as the rush to carve up the polar region continues.

Arctic claims (Univ. of Durham)




















Map: University of Durham (download here)