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 Titlesort descending Project Categories Post Date Summary
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,

Frobisher Bay Long-term Ecology and Habitat Mapping Study Animals, Aquatic Environment 11-14-2016

Frobisher Bay is undergoing rapid anthropogenic and climatic change. 

Frobisher Bay Long-term Ecology and Habitat Mapping Study Animals, Aquatic Environment 11-14-2016

Frobisher Bay is undergoing rapid anthropogenic and climatic change. 

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

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.

How to evaluate climate change adaptation in a permafrost environment: A pilot study in Arviat, Nunavut Landscape, Permafrost, Security & Safety, Terrestrial Environment 10-04-2016

This research created a community-based evaluation framework to monitor and evaluate adaptation projects. Evaluating these projects can help us to learn from and improve projects. The framework was tested in Arviat on the ‘Terrain Analysis in Nunavut’ project, a Government of Nunavut project using satellite radar images to see if the ground is moving to detect permafrost degradation.

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?

Impact of climate change on the life of the Arctic Ocean floor Animals, Aquatic Environment, Traditional Activities 03-06-2012

Climate warming is driving a rapid transformation of polar ecosystems, and we urgently need to study the vulnerability of seafloor biodiversity to changes that are already underway.

Impacts of climate change for the marine Arctic Animals, Aquatic Environment, Sea Ice & Ice, Terrestrial Environment 03-06-2012

Some implications of climate change for the marine Arctic ecosystem are fairly intuitive. For instance, polar bears and ringed seals are bound to be negatively impacted by the loss of ice that provides the physical platform for their hunting and reproduction. Other consequences are less obvious.

Incorporating Climate Change into Land Development Landscape, Permafrost, Terrestrial Environment 08-31-2016

Permafrost vulnerability maps were developed for seven communities. These maps are useful for people who are making decisions about where and how to put infrastructure in Nunavut communities, and gives us more information around current conditions.