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Research

This section includes research initiatives, databases, resources and a listing of ongoing and completed projects related to Climate Change in Nunavut.

If you have conducted climate change research in Nunavut that you would like to publish on this site, please download the Project Summary Submission Guidelines.

 

Research Initiatives

ArcticNet Integrated Regional Impact Studies (IRIS)

ArcticNet brings together scientists and manager 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.

ArcticNet Publications Database

The ArcticNet Publications Database describes 1600 publications from ArcticNet, 322 publications from the Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study (CASES) and 207 publications from the International North Water Polynya Study (NOW). 

Nunavut Regional Adaptation Collaborative

A territory-wide program focusing on advancing adaptation knowledge and decision-making abilities with regard to Nunavut's mining sector. 

Pan-Territorial Adaptation Initiatives

Addressing climate change and identifiying approaches for supporting current and future climate change adaptation projects across the Canadian Arctic.

 

Research Resources

Researchers' FAQ

Conducting research in Nunavut? Be sure to check out the Research Licencing tab at the Nunavut Research Institute's website. It has information on the licencing process, frequently asked questions, and some great resources for helping you to apply for licences.

Literature Review Map

A geographically organized compendium of current Climate Change research literature regarding the Canadian North.

Nunavut Research Institute Licensing Compendium 

Visit the Nunavut Research Institute's website to see summaries of past research being done in Nunavut. Note: not all projects relate specifically to climate change. Click below for the most recent years! Inuktitut versions will follow soon.

2012 Compendium

2011 Compendium

Community Research Projects

Project Title Project Categories Post Date Summary
Nunavut Permafrost Monitoring Network Permafrost, Terrestrial Environment 02-07-2012

A multi-community project studying the changing conditions of frozen ground to depths of 15 metres.

Pan-Territorial Adaptation Initiatives Animals, Aquatic Environment, Energy, Food Security, Health & Disease, Heritage, IQ, Landscape, Permafrost, Plants, Resource Development, Sea Ice & Ice, Sea Level, Security & Safety, Temperature, Terrestrial Environment, Tourism, Traditional Activities, Transportation, Watershed, Weather & Precipitation 02-17-2012

Addressing climate change and identifying approaches for supporting current and future climate change adaptation projects across the Canadian Arctic.

Past and present changes to the ocean and sea-ice in the Arctic Archipelago Aquatic Environment, Sea Ice & Ice, Sea Level 03-06-2012

The goal of this project is to provide the modelling framework for future impact studies on the Canadian Arctic Archipelago’s pack ice, oceanography and marine food web.

Portraits of Resilience: Many Strong Voices Food Security, Heritage, IQ, Temperature, Traditional Activities, Weather & Precipitation 01-04-2016

Many Strong Voices is an organization that visited the community of Pangnirtung and did a community based Photo Voice type project with the Youth.

Research on Arctic marine mammals Animals, Aquatic Environment, Traditional Activities 03-06-2012

Research on Arctic marine mammals via the collection of detailed empirical information throughout Canadian Arctic marine ecosystems, using a variety of methods including both scientific and local knowledge.

Sea Ice of the Arctic Aquatic Environment, Sea Ice & Ice 03-06-2012

This project brings together key sea ice researchers to examine the processes that cause the observed changes in sea ice dynamic and thermodynamic processes, snow cover, and physical coupling across the ocean-sea ice-atmosphere (OSA) interface.

Sea-Ice Monitoring Sea Ice & Ice 02-07-2012

Examining sea ice, sea ice use, and sea ice change in the communities of Qaanaaq, Greenland, Barrow, Alaska, and Clyde River, Nunavut. Want to get involved? You'll find a complete guide on how to set up a Sea-Ice Monitoring Program for your own community here!

Search and Rescue in Nunavut IQ, Landscape, Security & Safety, Transportation, Weather & Precipitation 08-09-2016

This research looks at the causes of search and rescue (SAR) and more broadly unintentional injuries on the land in Nunavut.

Snowmelt project Aquatic Environment, IQ, Temperature, Watershed 05-22-2015

Metal loading and retention in Arctic tundra lakes during spring runoff

The emerging Arctic security environment Security & Safety 03-06-2012

Our project examines the fundamental questions: what is Arctic security? What should policy makers anticipate that the circumpolar world will look like in the future, given the various forces that are now transforming this region?