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Consolidating International Collaboration

in the Study of the Changing Arctic

Martin Fortier, PhD

Executive Director, ArcticNet

In the last 10 years, our academic-led Arctic Research Consortium has secured investments of over 150 million dollars from the Government of Canada, in support of Canadian-led, international efforts to study the changing Canadian Arctic

  • International North Water Polynya Study (NSERC): 5 million (1997-2001)

  • Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study (NSERC): 10.6 million (2002-2007)

  • Research icebreaker Amundsen (CFI-DFO/CG): 30 million (2003- )

  • ArcticNet (NCE): 45 million for 7 years (2004-2011), potential for 14 years (2004-2018)

  • Scientific Equipment for Amundsen (CFI, Gvt of Quebec, Gvt of Manitoba): 10.9 million (2006- )

  • International Polar Year (Federal IPY & NSERC): 30-50 million (2007-2009)

  • Arctic Research Infrastructure Fund (INAC): over 20 million (2009- )

  • The CCGS Amundsen: a Canadian research icebreaker for international collaboration in the study of the changing Arctic

  • One of 14 Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) jointlyfunded by the 3ResearchCouncils of Canada.

  • Funded for 7 years (2004-2011). Possibility of renewal for another 7 years (2011-2018)

  • $6.4 Million from NCE per year (85% research & infrastructure,10% networking, 5% administration)

  • $12-30 Million cash & in-kind contributions from partners per year

  • Hosted at Université Laval, Quebec City

  • General objectives of ArcticNet:

  • Build synergy among existing researchers in the natural, human health and social arctic sciences

  • To increase and update the observational basis needed to address the ecosystem-level questions raised by climate change and globalization in the Arctic

  • Involve northern communities, Inuit organizations, industries, governments, and international agencies as partners through bilateral exchange of knowledge, training and technology

  • Contribute to the training of the next generation of young arctic specialists (including Northerners)

  • Consolidate international collaborations in the study of the Arctic

  • Contribute to the development and dissemination of the knowledge needed to formulate policies and strategies to adapt to change in the Arctic

ArcticNet 2004 – 2008

Research Effort

ArcticNet International Partnerships

  • International Partnership Initiative (NCE funded)

  • Continued participation in US-led International Nansen-Amundsen Basin Observational System (NABOS) in the Laptev and East-Siberian Seas.

    • ArcticNet provides researchers, technical staff, oceanographic moorings and sampling equipment to this annual expedition in the Russian Arctic.

    • NABOS provides ArcticNet with priviledged access to this important sector of the Arctic Ocean.

  • Collaboration MOUs with two large international Arctic research networks

    • ARCTic marine ecOSystem research network - ARCTOS (Norway)

    • Study of Environmental Arctic Change - SEARCH (USA)

  • Organised and hosted the International Arctic Change 2008 Conference with over 900 participants from 16 countries in Quebec City in December 2008.

    • Largest international Arctic research conference ever held in Canada.

    • Over 600 talks and posters in all fields of Arctic research.

ArcticNet International Partnerships

  • International Polar Year 2007-2008 (Federal Program and NSERC)

  • Canadian Commitment of $156 million

  • 11 of 44 Federal Program Projects are led by ArcticNet NIs. 30 involve ArcticNet collaborators

  • 6 of 11 NSERC Projects led by ArcticNet NIs

  • ArcticNet NIs led largest International Polar Year projects in the world onboard the CCGS Amundsen

    • Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study (CFL) (David Barber, U of Manitoba)

    • Inuit Health Survey (Grace Egeland, McGill U.)

The Circumpolar Flaw Lead (CFL) system study

  • 11 monthoverwinteringexpedition in Beaufort Sea

  • Full physical-biological study of the ocean-sea ice-atmosphere interface in the Beaufort Sea flaw lead

  • Connected to international studies examining related Arctic ocean ecosystem


IPY-CFL (2007-2011) by Numbers

Countries with Institutions participating in CFL (12):

Canada, USA, China, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Netherlands

  • 370 investigators

  • 102 senior scientists

  • 122 graduate students

  • 46 technicians

  • 35 Schools on Board

  • 41 media

  • $40M, 4 years (no salaries)

  • International lead- Pan-AME

  • Arctos network involvement

  • Strong northern partnerships

  • 11 month field program

  • First time!

Countries of origin of CFL researchers and media (16):

Canada, USA, China, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Finland, Scotland, Poland

Outreach programs

Circumpolar Inuit Field Program

Canadian Inuit participants

Inuvialuit Settlement Region (3),



Circumpolar Inuit participants




Inuvialuit Elders from Sachs Harbour

3 Knowledge Exchange Workshops

Outreach programs

Field Program #1 Feb.29-Mar.14

Ocean Research College Academy - USA

Qingdao Middle School #39 - China

West Kirby Grammer School -England

Frederic Mistral Technic Eulalia -Spain

Sisler High School - Canada

Nellie McClung Collegiate - Canada

Inuksuit School – Canada

Field Program #2 April 14-26

Lochgilphead High School - Scotland

Vest-Telemark Vidaregaande Skule - Norway

Stadtisches Gymnasium -Germany

Allvar Jullstrandgymnasiet - Sweden

Collège Français Secondaire de Longueil - Canada

Samuel Hearne Secondary School - Canada

Collège Vincent Massey Collegiate -Canada

Collège Jeanne-Sauvé – Canada

Raising Awareness in National & International Media

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