BAYSYS, ARCTICNET, SENTINEL NORTH, THE W. GARFIELD FOUNDATION, NUNAVIK INUIT HEALTH SURVEY 2017
In 2017, the CCGS Amundsen departed its home port of Quebec six days ahead of schedule to support Canadian Coast Guard icebreaking and rescue operations in the Strait of Belle Isle and along the northeast coast of Newfoundland. Unfortunately, the conditions required much more extended support than anticipated, forcing the cancellation of the BaySys science program planned during the first segment of the 2017 expedition. <>
expedition, now reduced to 99 days in the Canadian Arctic, was officially launched on July 6 in support of ArcticNet's marine-based research program, the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey program, Sentinel North’s project and the Kitikmeot Marine Region project, a collaboration between ArcticNet, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Parks Canada. Based on the science objectives, the expedition has been divided into six segments:
ArcticNet, Greenedge, netcare, the w. garfield foundation, esrf 2016
On 3 June 2016 the CCGS Amundsen left Quebec City for a 125-day journey to the Canadian Arctic in support of ArcticNet's marine-based research program, the GreenEdge-ArcticNet program, the NETCARE (Network on Climate and Aerosols) program, the integrated Beaufort Observatory (iBO-ESRF) project and a collaboration between ArcticNet, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Parks Canada.
ArcticNet, Geotraces, Statoil, IOL 2015
The Amundsen left its home port of Quebec City on 17 April for an initial 18-day expedition to collect MetOcean, sea ice, iceberg and environmental data in the Labrador Sea as part of a collaboration between ArcticNet, Statoil Canada, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador and Husky Energy. The ship returned to Quebec City after Leg 1 and departed again on 10 July for a 115-day expedition in support of ArcticNet and its industry partners, the ArcticNet-ESRF program, and Geotraces. The ship arrived back in Quebec City on 1 November. Based on the scientific objectives, the 2015 expedition was divided into seven segments:
ArcticNet, NETCARE, JAMSTEC/NIPR 2014
On 8 July 2014 the CCGS Amundsen left Quebec City for a 96-day journey to the Canadian Arctic in support of ArcticNet's marine-based research program, the ArcticNet-BREA program, NETCARE (Network on Climate and Aerosols) and a collaboration with researchers from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and the National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR).
On 26 July 2013 the CCGS Amundsen left its home port of Quebec City for a 73-day journey to the Canadian Arctic in support of ArcticNet's marine-based research program.
ArcticNet, IORVL, BP 2011
On 19 July 2011 the CCGS Amundsen left its home port of Quebec City for a 4 month expedition to the Canadian Arctic in support of ArcticNet's marine-based research program and the ArcticNet-Industry collaborative program.
ArcticNet, BP 2010
On 1 July 2010 the CCGS Amundsen left its home port of Quebec City for a 4 month expedition to the Canadian Arctic in support of ArcticNet’s marine-based research program and the ArcticNet-Industry collaborative program.
ArcticNet, IORVL, Malina, GEOTRACES 2009
On 4 June 2009 the CCGS Amundsen left its home port of Quebec City for a 5 month expedition to the Canadian Arctic on 4 June 2009 to support several research programs: 1) ArcticNet and the ArcticNet-Industry collaborative program 2) the French Malina program and 3) the Canadian IPY GEOTRACES program.
ArcticNet, CFL, Qanuippitali Health Survey, SOLAS 2007-2008
In July of 2007, the CCGS Amundsen left its home port of Quebec City for an historical 15 month expedition to the Canadian Arctic to support ArcticNet and several projects funded by the Canadian International Polar Year (IPY) program. Among these projects were the Circumpolar Flaw Lead (CFL) study, a large Canadian-led international effort to understand the role of the CFL in a context of Arctic warming and the Qanuippitali Inuit Health Survey where doctors, nurses, interpreters and scientists used the CCGS Amundsen to visit the coastal communities of Nunavut, the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (NT) and Nunatsiavut (Labrador) to assess the overall health of Inuit residents. The CFL and the Inuit Health Surveys were carried out in close collaboration with ArcticNet.
On 22 August 2006 the CCGS Amundsen left Quebec City for an 80-day expedition in support of ArcticNet's research activities. In addition to extensive oceanographic and biological sampling, the CSL Heron hydrographic launch was deployed to augment the Amundsen's seabed and benthic mapping capacity in support of a collaborative project between ArcticNet and Parks Canada in the eastern Arctic.
The CCGS Amundsen left Quebec City on 5 August 2005 for an 84-day expedition to the Canadian Arctic in support of ArcticNet's marine-based research program. Over 200 stations were sampled for oceanographic, atmospheric, biological and seabed properties from Baffin Bay, through Hudson Bay and the Northwest Passage to the Beaufort Sea.
ArcticNet, Qanuippitaa? Health Survey 2004
From 28 August to 4 October 2004, the CCGS Amundsen was transformed into a floating research clinic to carry out the Qanuippitaa? (How are we?) Inuit Health Survey. A multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and scientists used the ship to visit the 14 coastal communities of Nunavik (Northern Quebec) in order to assess the overall health of over 1000 Nunavik residents by evaluating their lifestyle, diet, incidence of heart disease, bone density, safety habits and exposure to environmental contaminants. Cutting edge medical equipment, not readily available in the North, was installed on board the vessel to allow for mammography, carotid thickness and bone densitometry testing. Through such surveys, better preventive and curative actions can be taken to increase the quality of health care and disease prevention in the North. During the survey, researchers also conducted complementary studies on health (ex. drinking water quality, emerging infectious diseases, chronic diseases) and on physical properties of the Nunavik coastal environment.
The survey was co-funded by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux du Québec (MSSS), the Regional Board of Health and Social Services of Nunavik, ArcticNet, the Northern Contaminants Program and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study 2003-2004
Funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study (CASES) Research Network was an international Canadian-led effort under Canadian leadership to understand the biogeochemical and ecological consequences of sea ice variability and change on the Mackenzie Shelf in the eastern Beaufort Sea. The scientific program of CASES was underpinned by the simple central hypothesis that the atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic forcing of sea ice variability dictates the nature and magnitude of biogeochemical carbon fluxes on and at the edge of the Mackenzie Shelf.
The main thrust of the CASES field program was the one-year expedition of the CCGS Amundsen to the Mackenzie Shelf. Over 200 scientists belonging to teams from Canada, Denmark, Japan, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States took rotations on the CCGS Amundsen to study all aspects of the ecosystem from September 2003 to September 2004. This Arctic mission of unprecedented scope comprised three major parts: (1) a fall survey covering the entire study area from September to December 2003, including the recovery of the 8 moorings deployed from the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 2002 and the deployment of 17 new mooring arrays; (2) the over-wintering of the ship in Franklin Bay for the monitoring of the winter evolution of the ecosystem; and (3) the spring/summer spatial survey of the region to monitor the break-up of the stamukhi, the opening of the Cape Bathurst polynya and the development of the summer ecosystem, including the recovery in August/September 2004 of the oceanographic moorings, of which 7 were redeployed.
The highly successful CASES program has initiated on-going time-series of key measurements of the response of the marine ecosystem to change that have been expanded to other Arctic regions through the ArcticNet project and the International Polar Year.