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
Assessing Berries to Monitor Ecological Change: a collaboration with Nunavut Arctic College's Environmental Technology Program Landscape, Permafrost, Plants, Terrestrial Environment, Traditional Activities, Weather & Precipitation 10-20-2015

Students of ETP have been contributing to a multidisciplinary study looking at vegetation response in a warming Arctic context, with a focus on ber

The response of White Glacier to Arctic Warming over the past 55 years Landscape, Sea Ice & Ice, Weather & Precipitation 09-21-2015

White Glacier is a 14 km long alpine glacier located on Axel Heiberg Island in the northwest part of Nunavut.

Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change (IHACC) Health & Disease 09-16-2015

IHACC is a multi-year, trans-disciplinary, community-based initiative working with remote Indigenous populations in the Peruvian Amazon, Canadian A

Foodborne and Waterborne Disease Mitigation: Community-based Surveillance for Environmental Health Health & Disease 09-16-2015

Recent research uncovered the highest rates of self-reported enteric illness (i.e., diarrhea and vomiting) reported in the world to be in Iqaluit,

Glacier Monitoring and Assessment, Penny Ice Cap, Nunavut Landscape, Sea Ice & Ice, Watershed, Weather & Precipitation 09-16-2015

In order to better understand past and future changes of glaciers in the southern Canadian Arctic, the Geological Survey of Canada, Parks Canada and University of Ottawa have been studying Penny Ice Cap on southern Baffin Island since 2007

Exploring Inuit Artistic Voice about Arctic Environmental and Sea Ice Change Heritage, Plants, Sea Ice & Ice, Sea Level, Terrestrial Environment, Weather & Precipitation 07-07-2015

The purpose of this doctoral research is to engage with artists to explore the perspectives of Inuit artists about environmental change, specifical

Snowmelt project Aquatic Environment, IQ, Temperature, Watershed 05-22-2015

Metal loading and retention in Arctic tundra lakes during spring runoff

Apex River Project Watershed 05-12-2015

Water sources and change for the Apex River, Iqaluit: We started this research project studying the Apex River in 2013 to determine how the river h

Evaluation Adaptation to Climate Change in Nunavut, Canada Landscape, Permafrost, Terrestrial Environment 04-28-2015

This three part project started in fall 2014 assesses the current state of government-driven adaptation in Nunavut, including linkages, barriers, a

How does climate change and vegetation growth affect snow properties and permafrost temperature? Animals, Landscape, Temperature, Terrestrial Environment, Weather & Precipitation 04-07-2015

The properties of snow on the ground change over time and these changes are affected by temperature and wind, i.e. climate. Lemmings live under the snow and need to travel under the snow in search of food in winter. They are therefore sensitive to snow properties and climate change may strongly affect their populations, and of course also the populations of their predators.