Research

This section includes research initiatives, databases, resources and a listing of ongoing and completed projects related to Climate Change in Nunavut.

If you have conducted climate change research in Nunavut that you would like to publish on this site, please download the Project Summary Submission Guidelines.

 

Research Initiatives

ArcticNet Integrated Regional Impact Studies (IRIS)

ArcticNet brings together scientists and manager with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies and the private sector to study the impacts of climate change in the coastal Canadian Arctic.

ArcticNet Publications Database

The ArcticNet Publications Database describes 1600 publications from ArcticNet, 322 publications from the Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study (CASES) and 207 publications from the International North Water Polynya Study (NOW). 

Nunavut Regional Adaptation Collaborative

A territory-wide program focusing on advancing adaptation knowledge and decision-making abilities with regard to Nunavut's mining sector. 

Pan-Territorial Adaptation Initiatives

Addressing climate change and identifiying approaches for supporting current and future climate change adaptation projects across the Canadian Arctic.

 

Research Resources

Researchers' FAQ

Conducting research in Nunavut? Be sure to check out the Research Licencing tab at the Nunavut Research Institute's website. It has information on the licencing process, frequently asked questions, and some great resources for helping you to apply for licences.

Literature Review Map

A geographically organized compendium of current Climate Change research literature regarding the Canadian North.

Nunavut Research Institute Licensing Compendium 

Visit the Nunavut Research Institute's website to see summaries of past research being done in Nunavut. Note: not all projects relate specifically to climate change. Click below for the most recent years! Inuktitut versions will follow soon.

2012 Compendium

2011 Compendium

Community Research Projects

Project Title Project Categories Post Datesort ascending Summary
The People, Animals, Water and Sustenance Program Animals, Aquatic Environment, Health & Disease, Terrestrial Environment, Traditional Activities, Watershed 07-28-2016

The People, Animals, Water, and Sustenance (PAWS) Project is interested in gaining a better understanding of the relationships Iqaluit Inuit have with dogs, water, and food. Currently there are gaps in our understanding of the interactions between dogs, water, and food in a Northern context. In-depth interviews on these topics coupled with sampling of dog feces, water, and clams will help us understand how these relationships interact together and how these relationships may be changing.

Transnational Climate Change Mobilisationg: The Impact of the 2005 Inuit Petition Heritage, IQ 07-13-2016

In 2005, Sheila Watt-Cloutier and 62 Inuit elders and hunters from Canada and the United States joined forces with environmental lawyers in the US and submitted a petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

How to evaluate climate change adaptation in permafrost environment: A pilot study in Arviat, Nunavut Permafrost, Terrestrial Environment 07-06-2016

Why was this project important?

A Summary of MethylMercury and Climate Change Research in Nunavut Aquatic Environment, Food Security, Health & Disease, Sea Ice & Ice, Watershed, Weather & Precipitation 06-27-2016

Mercury (Hg) is a toxic heavy metal that changes into various chemical forms through geochemical processes. It is an element that occurs naturally in the environment but with industrialization, humans have altered its cycle by adding more mercury in the water, air, and soil.

Nunavut Climate Change Partnership Food Security, Heritage, IQ, Resource Development, Security & Safety, Terrestrial Environment, Traditional Activities 05-27-2016

The Nunavut Climate Change Partnership (NCCP) was a collaborative partnership between the Government of Nunavut, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern De

Building Capacity to Monitor the Risk of Climate Change on Water Quality and Human Health: A Two Year Journey Expanding Community-Based Leadership in Pond Inlet Aquatic Environment, Health & Disease, Watershed 01-06-2016

A community project in Pond Inlet. We are a group of 3 young Mittimatalirmiut and we wish to research water quality and develop more skills in research! Access to healthy water is of paramount importance for Mittimatalirmiut. Water is important to keep us alive, sturdy and healthy; and bad water can be harmful for our people- our beloved elders, youth and infants. Water also an important cultural value to our people since many of us are going out on the land in order to provide our family with fresh water, just as our elders used to and they proudly taught us.

Portraits of Resilience: Many Strong Voices Food Security, Heritage, IQ, Temperature, Traditional Activities, Weather & Precipitation 01-04-2016

Many Strong Voices is an organization that visited the community of Pangnirtung and did a community based Photo Voice type project with the Youth.

Inuit women and environmental change: examining experiences and adaptations in Iqaluit, Nunavut Food Security, Health & Disease, IQ, Traditional Activities 12-17-2015

This is an updated summary of the previous project posted on December 2, 2014

To see that summary visit http://climatechangenunavut.ca/en/project/inuit-women-and-environmental-...

Water, mud, and bubbles: Impacts of permafrost degradation on greenhouse gas emissions from Arctic ponds and lakes Aquatic Environment, Permafrost 12-14-2015

Carbon cycle dynamics in response to permafrost degradation is a ‘hot topic’ in northern research.

Irregular flow of surge-type glaciers Landscape, Sea Ice & Ice 11-16-2015

Project title: Irregular flow of surge-type glaciers