ArcticNet - ArcticNet Research

Phase 4 (2015-2018)

Remote Sensing of Canada's New Arctic Frontier

Project Leader(s)

Babin, Marcel

The objectives of this project are aligned with the targeted achievements of the Canada Excellence Research Chair on “Remote Sensing of Canada's New Arctic Frontier” to: (1) Augment in time and space the observation of arctic marine ecosystems by implementing new algorithms for the remote-sensing of phytoplankton, particulate matter, dissolved organic carbon and seawater optical properties in the surface layer of the Canadian Arctic Ocean, from which primary production, bacterial growth, and organic matter photo-oxidation will be derived; (2) Develop, validate, and implement the urgently-needed ecosystem models that will help anticipate the impacts of climate change and industrialization on the resources and services (fisheries, navigation, minerals, energy, tourism) provided now and in the near future by the ecosystems of the Canadian Arctic Ocean; (3) Adapt existing and future new observing technologies to the extreme conditions of the Arctic Ocean, with emphasis on the field deployment of Profiling Floats, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, and Ocean Gliders, and on the use of optical sensors; (4) In collaboration with the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network (CCIN), Centre d’études nordiques (CEN) and other national and international partners, mesh the respective expertise of ArcticNet and GEOIDE, two pan-Canadian NCE, into the development of state-of-the-art geo-referenced data archiving systems that can be accessed online by scientific, industrial and government stakeholders to produce maps and analyses of the transforming Canadian Arctic. Contributes to IRIS: 1, 2, 3