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2018 Schedule

On 24 May the CCGS Amundsen is scheduled to leave its home port of Quebec City for a 107-day scientific expedition to the Canadian Arctic in support of ArcticNet's marine-based research program, the BaySys program, Sentinel North’s projects, Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s program and the Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VME) ROV program. Based on the science objectives, the expedition has been divided into five 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 Ecosystems ROV projects/DFO/ArcticNet (24 July – 16 August)
Iqaluit to Resolute Bay

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 ROV program, led by Memorial University, 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 Resolute Bay on 16 August with a full crew change.

Leg 3 - Kitikmeot Marine Ecosystems Study/ArcticNet (16 August – 7 September)
Resolute Bay to Quebec City

Leg 3 sampling operations will be conducted in Queen Maud Gulf as part of the Kitikmeot Marine Ecosystems Study. Sampling operations will also be conducted in Baffin Bay as part of ArcticNet’s marine-based research program. The ship is expected to reach his home port in Quebec City on 7 September, putting an end to the 2018 scientific expedition.

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