Incidents and Lessons Learned

Dear Arctic Research Community,

Fieldwork is an important part of research to better understand the Arctic. The National Science Foundation and CPS are focused on ways to reduce the risk to researchers working in the field. Training and risk assessments are important tools. We can also reflect on past incidents and near-misses to learn from them and avoid making the same mistakes.

Incident Data

In the Arctic program, there are relatively few medical evacuations or injuries because every person working in the field is aware of and managing risks. This culture of risk management is critically important and was the topic of discussion at the 2014 Arctic Field Safety Risk Management Workshop and subsequent discussions.

At that workshop we discussed sharing information about incidents and near-misses to enable people to learn from others. I encourage you to read the information in the documents linked below about incidents and near-misses in the program. The incidents have no attribution and are organized by year. Our goal is to update this information regularly to provide all who participate in Arctic research with an opportunity to review and evaluate incidents and near misses and apply these lessons to keep ourselves and our colleagues safe.

Renee Crain
Arctic Research Support & Logistics Program Manager
National Science Foundation