ArcticNet - Amundsen Expedition



2017 Amundsen Expedition

The CCGS Amundsen is one of the few Canadian Coast Guard ships to have a dual purpose. The Coast Guard maintains the infrastructure operational and available for science for up to 152 days of operations per year, over a period of 6 months from mid-May to mid-November. Special arrangements can also be negotiated with the Coast Guard to extend the availability of the CCGS Amundsen in a given year to accommodate circum-annual science programs in the Arctic. The Coast Guard uses the icebreaker for its own icebreaking/escort operations from December to Mid-April.

2017 Schedule

On 31 May the CCGS Amundsen is scheduled to leave its home port of Quebec City for a 133-day scientific expedition to the Canadian Arctic in support of ArcticNet's marine-based research program, the BaySys-ArcticNet program, the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey program, Sentinel North’s project and the Kitikmeot Marine Region project, a collaboration between ArcticNet, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Parks Canada. Based on the science objectives, the expedition has been divided into six segments:

Leg 1 – BaySys-ArcticNet (31 May - 6 July) Quebec City to Churchill
Leg 2a – BaySys-ArcticNet/Sentinel North (6 - 13 July) Churchill to Iqaluit
Leg 2b – ArcticNet/The W. Garfield Weston Foundation (13 July - 17 August) Iqaluit to Puvirnituq
Leg 3 – Nunavik Inuit Health Survey (17 August - 14 September) Puvirnituq to Kangiqsujuaq
Leg 4a – Nunavik Inuit Health Survey (14 September – 6 October) Kangiqsujuaq to Kuujjuaq
Leg 4b – ArcticNet (6 – 12 October) Kuujjuaq to Quebec City