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 sampling operations will aim at understanding the role of freshwater in the marine and coastal systems of Hudson Bay, as a part of theled 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.
This short one-week leg will be dedicated to completing sampling operations in Hudson Bay as part of theled by the University of Manitoba and conducting operations at selected stations in Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay as part of transdisciplinary project. This leg is expected to end in Iqaluit on 13 July with a rotation of science personnel.
During Leg 2b, the ship will deploy samplers and sensors along a transect near Qikirtarjuaq as part of, 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 project. The leg is expected to end in Iqaluit on 24 July with a rotation of science personnel.
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. Fisheries and Oceans Canada will also conduct some operations as to acquire baseline data as a part of its . The leg is expected to end in Pond Inlet on 16 August with a full crew change.
Leg 3a sampling operations will be conducted in eastern and central Arctic as part of. This leg is expected to end in Cambridge Bay on 7 September with a rotation of science personnel.
During Leg 3b, the ship will conduct sampling operations in western Arctic as part of. This leg is expected to end in Kugluktuk on 27 September with a full crew change.
This leg will be dedicated to the, 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.
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. The ship is expected to reach its home port in Quebec City on October 23, bringing to an end the 2018 scientific expedition.