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Understanding the Arctic

Protecting the environment begins with a thorough understanding of our environmental and socioeconomic surroundings.  We’ve been working in the Arctic since the 1920s.

Environmental assessment and impact studies

Before beginning any activity, we determine which species are present in specific habitats, and identify any potential risks and mitigation measures to avoid or reduce these risks.

Temporal and spatial operations

We aim to avoid environmentally sensitive areas during certain times of the year to ensure that we do not impact critical migration, breeding or nesting seasons.

Marine mammal observation

Trained experts keep watch to determine if marine mammals are present and ensure that pre-established exclusion zones are observed.

Subsea site surveys

Prior to operating offshore, we investigate sea bottom conditions through extensive geophysical and geotechnical evaluations.

Ice and metocean surveys

We conduct studies to detect, monitor, and track various ice features to ensure we design and support offshore structures for the safety and integrity of people and the environment. We examine oceanographic and meteorological data to assess water depth, sea floor shape, obstructions and other physical features to further our understanding of the Arctic marine environment.

Exclusion zone studies

We study marine mammal distribution areas and maintain a safe protective buffer zone between our operations and the wildlife.

Passive acoustic monitoring

Hydrophones detect vocalising marine mammals as an additional safeguard to visual observations enabling immediate suspension of operations if marine mammals come within the exclusion zone.

Field monitoring and engineering studies

We study and identify sensitive areas to better understand key ecological and culturally important locations. These studies help us to design the safest and most effective facilities, structures, and vessels for drilling programs and support activities.

International collaboration

  • Arctic Response Technology

    We work with leading experts within industry and academia to collect and analyze the highest quality data. For example, we actively participate in an international collaboration with industry partners dedicated to expanding knowledge about the Arctic.

Wildlife monitoring programs

Ongoing monitoring helps us understand wildlife and their habitats as well as potential impacts on land and at sea.

Arctic research and development

The Arctic Research and Design Center was established in 2013 in Russia and will provide a full range of research and technology design services to support joint ExxonMobil-Rosneft Arctic development projects. It will build upon our ongoing global research programs.

Traditional knowledge

Combining traditional knowledge with scientific measurement provides a more complete and accurate understanding of the environment and is used to improve exploration and drilling program plans.

Stakeholder engagement

We work closely with local communities to understand their needs and priorities so that we may effectively collaborate on industry projects, community programs and initiatives.