About Us

ArcticNet is a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada that brings together scientists and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies and the private sector to study the impacts of climate change in the coastal Canadian Arctic. Over 145 ArcticNet researchers from 30 Canadian universities, 8 federal and 11 provincial agencies and departments collaborate with research teams in Denmark, Finland, France, Greenland, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the USA.

Earth’s climate is warming and the increase in average global temperature predicted by climate models will be amplified at Arctic latitudes. In Canada, climate warming will have tremendous environmental, socio-economic and strategic consequences that will be felt first and most severely in Arctic communities and territories. The reduction of coastal sea-ice already hinders traditional hunting by Inuit, reduces the habitat of the unique Arctic fauna, increases exposure of coastal communities to storms and could soon open the way to intercontinental shipping, raising new challenges to Canadian sovereignty and security. In the terrestrial coastal environment, warmer temperatures and permafrost thawing are already disrupting transportation, buildings and other infrastructures.

The central objective of ArcticNet is to contribute to the development and dissemination of the knowledge needed to formulate adaptation strategies and national policies to help Canadians face the impacts and opportunities of climate change and modernization in the Arctic.

A major goal of ArcticNet is to engage Inuit organizations, northern communities, universities, research institutes, industry as well as government and international agencies as partners in the scientific process and the steering of the Network.

ArcticNet is conducting Integrated Regional Impact Studies on societies and on marine and terrestrial coastal ecosystems in the Canadian High Arctic, in the Eastern Canadian Arctic, and in Hudson Bay. In addition to work conducted in northern communities, ArcticNet researchers from various fields use the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen to access the vast expanses of the coastal Arctic. This integrated research offers a unique multi-disciplinary and cross-sectorial environment to train the next generation of specialists, from north and south, needed to manage the Canadian Arctic of tomorrow.

The ArcticNet Administrative Centre is hosted at Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada.

Our vision

A future where improved observations, modelling, capacity-building and knowledge exchange enable researchers, Inuit, Northerners and decision-makers to jointly develop adaptation strategies minimizing negative impacts and maximizing positive outcomes resulting from the transformation of the Canadian Arctic.

Our Mission

    • Build synergy among research Centres of Excellence in the natural, human health and social Arctic sciences.

    • Involve Inuit, Northerners, government and the private sector in the steering of the Network and scientific process through bilateral exchange of knowledge, training and technology.

    • Increase and update the observational basis needed to address the ecosystem-level questions raised by climate change and modernization in the Arctic.

    • Provide academic researchers and their national and international collaborators with stable access to the coastal Canadian Arctic.

    • Consolidate national and international collaborations in the study of the Canadian Arctic.

    • Contribute to the training of the next generation of experts, from north and south, needed to study, model and ensure the stewardship of the changing Canadian Arctic.

    • Translate our growing understanding of the changing Arctic into regional impact assessments, national policies and adaptation strategies.

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