Present Expedition

2017 Schedule

On 31 May the CCGS Amundsen is scheduled to leave its home port of Quebec City for a 133-day scientific expedition to the Canadian Arctic in support of ArcticNet's marine-based research program, the BaySys 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:

Leg 1 – BaySys-ArcticNet (31 May - 6 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 06, following a full crew change.

Leg 2a – BaySys-ArcticNet/Sentinel North (6 - 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. Leg 2a will also welcome participants of the 2017 Schools on Board program, an outreach program of ArcticNet. Leg 2a is expected to end in Iqaluit on 13 July with a rotation of science personnel.

Leg 2b – ArcticNet/The W. Garfield Weston Foundation (13 July - 17 August) Iqaluit to Puvirnituq

The ship will conduct multibeam and coring operations in Frobisher Bay before sailing north to conduct various operations in Baffin Bay, Nares Strait and the Northwest Passage as a part of ArcticNet’s marine-based research program. The ship will also conduct operations as to support The Kitikmeot Marine Ecosystems Study, a collaboration between the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, ArcticNet and Parks Canada. The leg is expected to end in Puvirnituq on 17 August with a full crew change.

Leg 3 – Nunavik Inuit Health Survey (17 August - 14 September) Puvirnituq to Kangiqsujuaq

Legs 3 and 4a will be dedicated to the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey. This survey is a follow-up to the first survey that was conducted in 2004 from the Amundsen, aiming at gathering information about health and well-being of the Inuit population of Nunavik. The survey will be split into two legs of 28 days each. Leg 3 will bring the vessel from Puvirnituq to Kangiqsujuaq, visiting a total of 7 communities, including Kuujjuarapik, Umiujaq, Inukjuak, Puvirnituk, Akulivik, Ivujivik and Salluit. A science personnel rotation will be completed in Kangiqsujuaq on September 14 to end the leg.

Leg 4a – Nunavik Inuit Health Survey (14 September – 6 October) Kangiqsujuaq to Kuujjuaq

Legs 3 and 4a will be dedicated to the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey. This survey is a follow-up to the first survey that was conducted in 2004 from the Amundsen, aiming at gathering information about health and well-being of the Inuit population of Nunavik. The survey will be split into two legs of 28 days each. Leg 4a will bring the vessel from Kangiqsujuaq to Kuujjuaq, visiting a total of 7 communities, including Kangiqsujuaq, Quaqtaq, Kangirsuk, Aupaluk, Tasiujaq, Kangiqsualujjuaq and Kuujjuaq. A science personnel rotation will be completed in Kuujjuaq on October 06 to end the leg.

Leg 4b – ArcticNet/DFO (6 – 12 October) Kuujjuaq 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. Fisheries and Oceans Canada will also conduct some operations in the Labrador Sea as to acquire baseline data as a part of its Marine Protected Areas program. The ship is expected to reach its home port in Quebec City on October 12, bringing to an end the 2017 scientific expedition.

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