Malte Humpert
Founder and Executive Director
twitter: @malte_humpert

Malte Humpert is the founder and Executive Director of The Arctic Institute. His research focuses on the impact of climate change on the Arctic environment, especially the decline in Arctic sea ice, Arctic shipping and shipping scenarios, the development of oil and gas resources off the coast of Alaska and Norway, and China's geopolitical and geoeconomic interests in the region. He has been working on Arctic issues since 2007. During his graduate studies at Georgetown University he concentrated on regime change in the Arctic, energy and security issues, and economic potential of Arctic shipping routes. He regularly attends Arctic-related events and conferences in North America and Europe and routinely publishes articles, research papers, as well as op-eds and blog posts relating to climate change in general and the Arctic in particular.

Selection of recent and upcoming publications:

with Andreas Raspotnik (peer-reviewed) 
The introduction of polar routes for flights between North America and the Far East at the end of the 20th century had a lasting impact on air travel and allowed for more cost-effective flights between the two continents by shortening flight times and reducing fuel costs. With the Cold War over and the subsequent modernization of air traffic control systems in the former Soviet Union, the main obstacles for routine transpolar flights had been removed. Today these increasingly popular flight routes are governed by a range of rules and regulations. 30,000 feet below, across the Arctic Ocean, three shipping routes have a comparable potential to transform commercial shipping in the 21st century.
with Kathrin Keil and Alison Weisburger (forthcoming) 
The Arctic Infrastructure Survey (AIS) provides an overview of key infrastructure in six Arctic states, which include the United States of America, Canada, Greenland (Denmark), Iceland, Norway, and Russia. This version of The Arctic Infrastructure Survey is an excerpt from a larger report (to be released by The Arctic Institute in October 2012) that will cover a wide variety of both “hard” infrastructure, defined as physical structures and networks, and “soft” infrastructure, defined as intangible systems, institutions, and organizations, that together dictate the fundamental parameters by which a nation functions.
with Andreas Raspotnik (peer-reviewed) 
Arctic sea ice is melting rapidly, and within the next decade the effects of global warming may transform the Polar region from an inaccessible frozen desert into a seasonally navigable ocean. The summer of 2011 saw a record 33 ships, carrying 850,000 tons of cargo, navigate the Northern Sea Route (NSR) off Russia’s northern coast. This year’s shipping season may port technology internationsee up to 1.5 million tons of cargo, as Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute predicts the NSR tobe ice-free and passable for ships by early summer.
with Andreas Raspotnik (peer-reviewed) 
Over the past decade the Arctic has moved into the focus of world politics. As Arctic sea ice melts at a rapid rate, regional and international actors will continue to strengthen their local involvement thus further focusing international attention on the region. External Arctic actors, primarily the European Union (EU) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) but potentially also India and South Korea, aim to profit from the region’s various opportunities.
Top of the World Telegraph, Vol. 8, Issue 12, 2012
with Andreas Raspotnik
The Barents Sea, a region potentially rich in natural resources, has recently entered the global energy stage. The historic agreement between Norway and the Russian Federation on the delimitation of the maritime border in the Barents Sea in 2010 created a favorable environment for increased hydrocarbon exploration and may usher in a new period of cooperation in the Arctic between the two countries.
MARCH 21, 2012