IBRU's 'Arctic Maps' series identifies areas covered by CLCS recommendations, state submissions, and hypothetical state submissions, as well as other maritime jurisdictional zones north of the Arctic Circle. Comments and questions concerning the maps should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consult the Briefing Notes for the IBRU Arctic Map Series for details on the history and legal status of the various zones portrayed on the maps.
This is the original IBRU Arctic map, first released in 2008 and revised several times since. States’ submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) regarding their extended continental shelves are presented in the context of a range of other maritime zones.
The map presents a comprehensive view of CLCS recommendations (for Iceland, Norway, and Russia), submissions that are pending CLCS action (for Canada and the Kingdom of Denmark), and the hypothetical extent of a U.S. submission.
Additionally, the map indicates internal waters, territorial seas, and exclusive economic zones for each of the Arctic coastal states, as well as special areas within exclusive economic zones and the one area in the Arctic Ocean where there is an unresolved maritime boundary (in the Beaufort Sea, between the USA and Canada). Accompanying briefing notes detail the history and legal status of the various zones portrayed on the map.
This simplified version of our main ‘Maritime Jurisdiction and Boundaries’ map focuses solely on states’ extended continental shelves in the Central Arctic Ocean, where media attention on the geopolitics of Arctic governance has been concentrated.
This map is recommended for users who require grey-scale (black and white) format. Other than being in grey-scale, this map is identical to the colour version of the ‘Continental shelf submissions in the Central Arctic Ocean’ map.
Individual maps showing the claims of Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States of America.
Canada made an initial submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in 2019 and filed an addendum in 2022. This map indicates the differences in area between Canada’s initial submission and its addendum.
Russia’s initial filing with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, made in 2001, was the first submission received by the CLCS and was returned to Russia for lack of supporting evidence. In 2015, Russia submitted a revised filing and in March 2021 submitted addenda to the 2015 revision. In February 2023, the CLCS issued a recommendation on the Russian submission. The recommendation asked for further data in one particular area, to which Russia responded with a further revision later in February 2023. This map indicates the differences in area between the 2001 submission, the 2015 revision, the 2021 addenda to the 2015 revision, and the 2023 recommendation (incorporating Russia’s further revision in response to the 2023 recommendation).