Climate Change Projects

What's Being Done — And What You Can Do To Help!

Below is a list of climate change-related projects in Nunavut. Some are complete, while others are ongoing, and offer a way for local residents to get involved:

Community Research Projects

Project Title Project Categories Post Datesort descending Summary
Nunavut Permafrost Monitoring Network Permafrost, Terrestrial Environment 02-07-2012

A multi-community project studying the changing conditions of frozen ground to depths of 15 metres.

Sea-Ice Monitoring Sea Ice & Ice 02-07-2012

Examining sea ice, sea ice use, and sea ice change in the communities of Qaanaaq, Greenland, Barrow, Alaska, and Clyde River, Nunavut. Want to get involved? You'll find a complete guide on how to set up a Sea-Ice Monitoring Program for your own community here!

The Nunavut Regional Adaptation Collaborative Energy, Permafrost, Resource Development, Sea Ice & Ice, Transportation 02-17-2012

A territory-wide program focusing on advancing climate change adaptation knowledge and decision-making  on resource development in Nunavut.

Pan-Territorial Adaptation Initiatives 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 02-17-2012

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

Add To Your Community's IQ IQ, Traditional Activities 02-28-2012

What do your elders and community leaders in Nunavut have to say about changing climate conditions over the years? Do you have images of your region that show the effects of climate change? Submit a community report and add your contribution to our store of knowledge.

Research on Arctic marine mammals Animals, Aquatic Environment, Traditional Activities 03-06-2012

Research on Arctic marine mammals via the collection of detailed empirical information throughout Canadian Arctic marine ecosystems, using a variety of methods including both scientific and local knowledge.

Effects of climate change on carbon exchange dynamics in the Arctic Terrestrial Environment 03-06-2012

A study of the absorption and release of carbon dioxide by the Arctic Ocean.

Instability of coastal landscapes in Arctic communities and regions Security & Safety, Terrestrial Environment, Weather & Precipitation 03-06-2012

Seasonal changes in the northern landscape, together with extreme weather events, can create instability and hazards, including flooding, landslides, thaw failure and subsidence, coastal ice push, storm surges, and coastal erosion. Our project team is measuring both the drivers of change and the effects of instability in community landscapes at selected sites across the Arctic.

Climate change and food security in regional Inuit centers Food Security 03-06-2012

Using in-depth case studies, this project will identify and characterize the vulnerability of food systems in four regional Inuit centers (RIC) (Iqaluit, Arviat, Inuvik and Kuujjuak) to climate change as a basis for identifying adaptation entry points.

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.