Inuit Research Advisors

Current Projects (2015-2018)

Current Research Projects (2015-2018)

ArcticNet’s multidisciplinary research effort is focused on addressing the challenges and opportunities facing the coastal Canadian Arctic, with the objective of filling identified knowledge gaps to help the formulation and implementation of policies and adaptation strategies.

Diverse research teams from 34 universities across Canada, collaborate with stakeholders from Inuit organizations, northern communities, research institutes, industry as well as government and international agencies, creating a unique, multi-disciplinary and cross-sectorial environment for managing the Canadian Arctic of tomorrow.

ArcticNet is pleased to announce the debut of 41 new projects in 2015 as part of its Phase IV research program. The 41 research projects focus on five main themes: marine systems; terrestrial systems; Inuit health, education and adaptation; northern policy and development and knowledge transfer and operate across northern Manitoba, northern Yukon and the four Inuit regions of Canada: the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut. These projects also contribute to four Integrated Regional Impact Studies (IRISes), each corresponding to one of the main political-physiographic-oceanographic regions of the coastal Canadian Arctic.

Please click on the links below for the project summaries. Further information regarding project participants, publications and partners will be added in the coming months.

Marine Systems

Hidden Biodiversity and Vulnerability of Hard-Bottom and Surrounding Environments in the Canadian Arctic

Archambault, Philippe (Université du Québec à Rimouski); Edinger, Evan (Memorial University)

Remote Sensing of Canada's New Arctic Frontier

Babin, Marcel (Université Laval)

Sea Ice - Understanding and Modelling Ocean-Sea Ice-Atmosphere Biogeochemical Coupling in a Changing Climate

Barber, David (University of Manitoba)

Monitoring Marine Biodiversity with eDNA; a New Cost-Effective Method to Track Rapid Arctic Changes

Bernatchez, Louis (Université Laval)

Automated Ice and Oil Spill Mapping – Protecting Arctic Coastal Regions and Communities

Clausi, David A. (University of Waterloo)

ArcticNet Long-Term Oceanic Observatories: Continuation and Synthesis of the Existing Decadal Records of Physical and Biogeochemical Signals

Dumont, Dany (Université du Québec à Rimouski)

Integrated Marine Geoscience to Guide Environmental Impact Assessment and Sustainable Development in Frobisher Bay, Nunavut

Edinger, Evan (Memorial University)

Innovative Research on Monitoring Marine Mammals to Mitigate Impacts of a Changing Arctic

Ferguson, Steven H. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, University of Manitoba)

The Arctic Cod (Boreogadus saida) Ecosystem of the Beaufort Sea: Synthesis of Decadal Records

Fortier, Louis (Université Laval)

The Potential for Natural Oil Spill Biodegradation by Microorganisms in Canada’s Arctic Marine Environment

Hubert, Casey (University of Calgary)

Freshwater-Marine Coupling in Hudson Bay: a Study of Winter Estuarine Processes in the Coastal Corridor in Southeast Hudson Bay and Effects of Environmental Change

Kuzyk, Zou Zou (University of Manitoba)

Mapping of Arctic Canada’s Seafloor: Contributions to Global Change Science, Sustainable Resource Development, Safe Navigation of the Northwest Passage, Geohazards and Arctic Sovereignty

Lajeunesse, Patrick (Université Laval)

Marine Biogeochemistry and Surface Exchange of Climate Active Gases in a Changing Arctic System

Papakyriakou, Tim (University of Manitoba); Else, Brent (University of Calgary)

Arctic Geomicrobiology and Climate Change

Rysgaard, Søren (University of Manitoba)

Understanding the Effects of Climate Change and Industrial Development on Contaminant Processes and Exposure in the Canadian Arctic Marine Ecosystem: How Can We Prepare?

Stern, Gary A. (University of Manitoba)

Arc3Bio (Marine Biodiversity, Biological Productivity and Biogeochemistry in the Changing Canadian Arctic)

Tremblay, Jean-Éric (Université Laval); Archambault, Philippe; Gosselin, Michel (Université du Québec à Rimouski)

Terrestrial Systems

Permafrost Research for Northern Infrastructures and Improved Community Life

Allard, Michel (Université Laval)

Effects of Climate Shifts on Canadian Arctic Wildlife: Ecosystem-Based Monitoring and Modelling

Berteaux, Dominique (Université du Québec à Rimouski); Gauthier, Gilles (Université Laval)

Population Dynamics and Predator-Prey Relationships in Migratory Caribou of the Québec-Labrador Peninsula in the Context of Climate and Anthropogenic Changes

Côté, Steeve D. (Université Laval)

Biology of the Three Morphotypes of Arctic Char in the Nettilling Lake System: Developing Sustainable Commercial and Subsistence Fisheries in Nunavut's Two Largest Lakes

Fisk, Aaron (University of Windsor)

Monitoring and Managing Muskox Health for Food Security and Ecosystem and Socio-Economic Resilience: Integrating Traditional, Local, and Scientific Knowledge

Kutz, Susan (University of Calgary)

Water Security and Quality in a Changing Arctic

Lamoureux, Scott; Lafrenière, Melissa (Queen’s University)

Providing Climate Scenarios for the Canadian Arctic with Improved Post-Processing Methods

Mailhot, Alain (Institut national de la recherche scientifique)

The Arctic Snowcover: Sensitivity, Change, and Impacts on Terrestrial Systems, Water Resources and Communities

Marsh, Philip (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Coupled Terrestrial-Aquatic Climate Impacts on High Arctic Watersheds: Using the Lake Hazen Watershed as a Sentinel for Change

St.Louis, Vincent (University of Alberta)

Impacts of the Changing Global Environment at Nunavut’s Northern Frontier

Vincent, Warwick F. (Université Laval)

Inuit Health, Education and Adaptation

Designing and Implementing the Nunavik Health Survey Qanuippitaa 2016

Ayotte, Pierre (Université Laval)

Community Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Canadian Arctic

Ford, James D.(McGill University)

Foodborne and Waterborne Disease Mitigation: Community-based Surveillance for Environmental Health

Harper, Sherilee (University of Guelph)

Wildlife Diseases Important for Human Health and Food Safety in the Changing Environment of the Eastern Subarctic

Leighton, Patrick A. (Université de Montréal); Jenkins, Emily (University of Saskatchewan)

Ecosystem Approaches to Northern Health

Lemire, Mélanie (Université Laval)

Mobilizing Knowledge Through a Network of Inuit Educational Leaders and Researchers: Bilingual Education in Inuit Nunangat

McAuley, Alexander (University of Prince Edward Island)

Housing, Health, and Well-Being Across the Arctic: Regional, Local, and Family Perspectives

Riva, Mylene; Fletcher, Christopher (Université Laval)

Diarrheal Illness and Enteric Infections Among Young Children in Nunavik and Nunavut

Yansouni, Cédric (McGill University Health Centre - Research Institute); David Goldfarb (Children's & Women's Health Centre of British Columbia)

Northern Policy and Development

A “Regional Seas Arrangement” for the Arctic Ocean

Byers, Michael (University of British Columbia)

Supporting Understanding, Policy and Action for Food Security in Nunavik and Nunatsiavut

Furgal, Chris (Trent University)

Mining Economies, Mining Families: Extractive Industries and Human Development in the Eastern Subarctic

Schott, Stephan (Carleton University)

Knowledge Transfer

Knowledge Co-Production for Sustainability in Canadian Arctic Coastal Communities

Bell, Trevor; Forbes, Donald L. (Memorial University)

Enhancing Community-Based Environmental Monitoring in the Canadian Arctic for Local and Regional Assessments and Adaptation Strategies

Henry, Greg (University of British Columbia)

Polar Data Management for Northern Science

LeDrew, Ellsworth (University of Waterloo)

Knowledge Co-Production for the Identification and Selection of Ecological, Social, and Economic Indicators for the Beaufort Sea

Loseto, Lisa (University of Manitoba, Fisheries and Oceans Canada)