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
Climate Communication and Adaptation: Engaging Maritime Publics Animals, Landscape, Sea Ice & Ice, Traditional Activities 02-17-2017

This research on climate change communication compares maritime communities in diverse climate zones to identify differences and similarities in local perceptions of climate change and global climate action, and associated effects on local participation in environmental management.

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. 

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.

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

The Nunavut Climate Change Centre is devoted to including Nunavut communities in their projects and outreach.  Over the last few years, we have had

Search and Rescue in Nunavut IQ, Landscape, Security & Safety, Transportation, Weather & Precipitation 08-09-2016

This research looks at the causes of search and rescue (SAR) and more broadly unintentional injuries on the land in Nunavut.

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.