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

Higher than normal summer temperatures over the past few decades have resulted in increased melt of glaciers and ice caps in the Canadian Arctic, p

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.

Climate Change Adaptation for Nunavut Decision Makers Course Animals, Aquatic Environment, Energy, Food Security, Health & Disease, Heritage, IQ, Landscape, Permafrost, Plants, Resource Development, Sea Ice & Ice, Sea Level, Security & Safety, Temperature, Terrestrial Environment, Tourism, Traditional Activities, Transportation, Watershed, Weather & Precipitation 03-27-2015

This course informs government staff of climate change impacts and how to incorporate climate change into deision-making across all government sectors.

Linking changes in the Arctic marine ecosystem to the provisioning of ecosystem services and Inuit wellbeing Animals, Aquatic Environment, Health & Disease, IQ, Traditional Activities 02-16-2015

Climate change pressures, such as warmer temperatures and sea ice decline, transform the Arctic marine ecosystem and could lead to major shifts in its functioning. This study will combine diverse but complementary methods to study the Arctic marine ecosystem and itsinterconnectedness with Inuit communities in the context of a changing Arctic.

Inuit women and environmental change: examining experiences and adaptations in Iqaluit, Nunavut Food Security, Health & Disease, IQ, Traditional Activities 12-02-2014

This project is investigating how Inuit women in Iqaluit are experiencing climate change within the context of greater socio-economic change. 

To see the most recent summary please visit http://climatechangenunavut.ca/en/node/3869

Climate Change and Health Research: Photovoice Workshop for Youth Food Security, Health & Disease, IQ, Landscape, Permafrost, Plants, Sea Ice & Ice, Sea Level, Temperature, Terrestrial Environment, Traditional Activities 12-01-2014

Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre hosted a 3-day youth photovoice research training workshop from September 26-28, 2014.