Important 2017 Expedition Update
June 12, 2017 - The Science Team of the Canadian Research Icebreaker CCGS Amundsen has cancelled the first leg of the 2017 Expedition due to complications associated with the southward motion of hazardous Arctic sea ice, caused by Climate Change. This regrettably postpones the much-anticipated Hudson Bay System Study (BaySys) involving 40 scientists from five universities across Canada. Timing was key for this $17M, four-year, University of Manitoba-led project. The need to deal with extreme ice conditions in the south meant the ship would arrive too late on site to meet research objectives. Press Release

Present Expedition

BAYSYS, SENTINEL NORTH, FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA, ARCTICNET, NORTHWEST PASSAGE PROJECT 2018

On 24 May the CCGS Amundsen is scheduled to leave its home port of Quebec City for a 153-day scientific expedition to the Canadian Arctic in support of ArcticNet's marine-based research program, the BaySys program, Sentinel North’s projects and the Northwest Passage Project. Based on the science objectives, the expedition has been divided into eight segments:

Leg 1 – BaySys-ArcticNet (24 May - 5 July)
Quebec City to Churchill

Leg 1 sampling operations will aim at understanding the role of freshwater in the marine and coastal systems of Hudson Bay, as a part of the BaySys program led by the University of Manitoba. Ultimately, this comprehensive study of the Hudson Bay system will result in the creation of a scientific basis to distinguish climate change effects from those of hydroelectric regulation of freshwater on the physical, biological and biogeochemical conditions in Hudson Bay. Leg 1 is expected to end in Churchill on July 5, following a full crew change.

Leg 2a – Sentinel North BriGHT/BaySys (5 - 13 July)
Churchill to Iqaluit

This short one-week leg will be dedicated to completing sampling operations in Hudson Bay as part of the BaySys program led by the University of Manitoba and conducting operations at selected stations in Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay as part of Sentinel North’s BriGHT transdisciplinary project. This leg is expected to end in Iqaluit on 13 July with a rotation of science personnel.

Leg 2b – Sentinel North Ph.D. School and BOND project (13 - 24 July)
Iqaluit to Iqaluit

During Leg 2b, the ship will deploy samplers and sensors along a transect near Qikirtarjuaq as part of Sentinel North’s Ph.D School program, aiming at providing participants with a hands-on and integrative experience in a wide range of disciplines, under the supervision of renowned researchers. Operations will also be conducted in support of Sentinel North’s BOND project. The leg is expected to end in Iqaluit on 24 July with a rotation of science personnel.

Leg 2c – Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem/ROV/DFO/ArcticNet (24 July – 16 August)
Iqaluit to Pond Inlet

The ship will conduct multibeam, ROV and coring operations in Frobisher Bay before sailing north to conduct various operations in Baffin Bay as a part of the Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem program, led by Memorial University, the ROV program as well as ArcticNet’s marine-based research program. Fisheries and Oceans Canada will also conduct some operations as to acquire baseline data as a part of its Marine Protected Areas program. The leg is expected to end in Pond Inlet on 16 August with a full crew change.

Leg 3a – ArcticNet (16 August - 7 September)
Pond Inlet to Cambridge Bay

Leg 3a sampling operations will be conducted in eastern and central Arctic as part of ArcticNet’s marine-based research program. This leg is expected to end in Cambridge Bay on 7 September with a rotation of science personnel.

Leg 3b – ArcticNet (7 - 27 September)
Cambridge Bay to Kugluktuk

During Leg 3b, the ship will conduct sampling operations in western Arctic as part of ArcticNet’s marine-based research program. This leg is expected to end in Kugluktuk on 27 September with a full crew change.

Leg 4a – University of Rhode Island Northwest Passage Project (27 September – 14 October)
Kugluktuk to Resolute Bay

This leg will be dedicated to the Northwest Passage Project, an innovative science and education project to document and explore the changing Arctic led by the University of Rhode Island. Leg 4a is expected to end in Resolute Bay on 14 October with a rotation of science personnel.

Leg 4b – ArcticNet (14 – 23 October)
Resolute Bay to Quebec City

During Leg 4b, the ship will enter the final phase of the expedition, heading back south towards Quebec City while conducting sampling operations along its route as a part of ArcticNet’s marine-based research program. The ship is expected to reach its home port in Quebec City on October 23, bringing to an end the 2018 scientific expedition.

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