ArcticNet Theme 1: Integrated Regional Impact Study of the Coastal Western Canadian Arctic
Principal Investigator: Fortier, Martin (8)
Licence Number: 13888
Organization: ArcticNet
Licenced Year(s): 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2007 2006 2005 2004
Issued: Jul 28, 2005
Project Team: Aikawa, Shimpei (Graduate Student, University of Hyogo, Japan), Armstrong, Debbie (Graduate Student, DFO, Freshwater Institute), Beaudoin, Jonathan (Technician, University of New Brunswick), Bell, Trevor (Professor/Research Scientist, Memorial University of Newfoundland), Ben Mustapha, Selima (Graduate Student, DFO, Maurice-Lamontagne Institute), Bennet, Robie (Technician, Natural Resources Canada), Benoit, Delphine (Graduate Student, Université Laval), Blondeau, Sylvain (Technician, Université Laval), Boyer-Villemaire, Ursule (Technician, DFO, Maurice-Lamontagne Institute), Brucker, Steve (Technician, University of New Brunswick), Church, Ian (Technician, University of New Brunswick), Ehn, Jens (Graduate Student, University of Manitoba), Forest, Alexandre (Graduate Student, Université Laval), Galand, Pierre (Graduate Student, Université Laval), Gratton, Yves (Professor/Research Scientist, INRS-ETE), Hamilton, Andrew (Graduate Student, University of British Columbia), Hughes Clarke, John (Professor/Research Scientist, University of New Brunswick), Hwang, Byong Jun (Phil) (Graduate Student, University of Manitoba), Kirk, Jane (Graduate Student, University of Alberta), Lago, Véronique (Professor/Research Scientist, INRS-ETE), Lovejoy, Connie (Professor/Research Scientist, Université Laval), Martin, Johannie (Graduate Student, Université Laval), Massot, Pascal (Technician, Université Laval), Matsuda, Sohei (Graduate Student, Tohoku University), Michaud, Luc (Ship Coordinating Manager, Université Laval), Pedneault, Estelle (Graduate Student, Université du Québec à Rimouski), Pilote, Martin (Research Assistant, Environment Canada, Montreal), Poissant, Laurier (Professor/Research Scientist, Environment Canada, Montreal), Pomerleau, Corinne (Graduate Student, DFO, Freshwater Institute), Potvin, Éric (Graduate Student, ISMER - Université du Québec à Rimouski), Poulin, Michel (Professor/Research Scientist, Canadian Museum of Nature), Rail, Marie-Emmanuelle (Technician, INRS-ETE), Rochon, André (Chief Scientist, ISMER - Université du Québec à Rimouski), Sampei, Makoto (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Université Laval), Schell, Trecia (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University), Tremblay, Geneviève (Graduate Student, ISMER - Université du Québec à Rimouski), Tremblay, Jean-Éric (Professor/Research Scientist, Université Laval), Xin, Jin (PhD Student, University of Manitoba), Name to come (Wildlife Observer, Inuvialuit Community), Name to come (FJMC Student, Fisheries Joint Management Committee)

Project Description: The main objective of this project is to start long-term marine observatories in order to study variability and change in the context of climate change in the coastal Canadian Arctic.

Field work for this project started in Fall 2004 when six observatories (instrument moorings) were deployed in the Mackenzie Shelf/Amundsen Gulf area. As part of this year’s expedition, the six moorings will be retrieved and four of them will be redeployed. The moorings consist of current meters, temperature-salinity recorders and sediment traps that are moored along a line anchored to the bottom. A subsurface float maintains the line vertical in the water. All floats and instruments are deeper than 30 m. These instruments are recovered and redeployed every year and provide the researchers with an annual cycle of measurements. As part of ArcticNet, the research team intends to redeploy these mooring for up to 14 years. In addition to work conducted at the mooring stations, shipboard sampling will be conducted along the ship track and at specific sampling stations. Shipboard sampling will include bottom mapping and sediment core extraction, water, plankton and juvenile fish sampling, sea ice sampling and meteorological measurements. Scientists onboard will analyze samples covering almost all natural science fields.

The researchers intend to present research results and progress reports to the Inuvialuit Game Council and by submitting any progress reports and publications to the Joint Secretariat, the Game Council, the Aurora Research Institute and the HTCs of all Inuvialuit communities. The researchers intend to hire a wildlife observer from an Inuvialuit community during the sampling period in the western Arctic. There is also the opportunity to have northern high school or college students onboard as part of a mentoring program. A Community based monitoring program is also continuing as part of ArcticNet Theme 1. This project seeks to engage northerners from the communities of Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Holman and Tuktoyaktuk in the installation of an ocean-sea ice-atmosphere automated sampling station. The community members also conduct direct measurements of snow and sea ice geophysics and basic properties of the ocean salinity and temperature structure immediately beneath the sea ice.

The study will be conducted in the Mackenzie Shelf/Amundsen Gulf area. Research in NWT waters will be conducted from August 30 to September 15, 2005.