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 ascending 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,

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.

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