How do U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers impact domestic and international maritime policy?

Anthropogenic actions have resulted in the changing of global climate causing increasing temperatures, changes in storms, and the decrease of polar ice. These changes to our physical environment have resulted in a current and potential geopolitical battle for control of territory in the Arctic region. As the temperature of Earth rises there is an inverse reaction where less polar ice returns every year. Less ice in the Arctic creates greater access to natural resources, such as minerals and energy, and the opening of shipping lanes. This reduction of ice has the potential to cause a geopolitical battle for control of the Arctic. For a nation to have control of territory in the Arctic, they will need the resources to enforce domestic and international maritime law.

A capstone project submitted to the faculty of the California Maritime Academy in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs.