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
Interviews on Building Nunavut's Climate Resilience IQ 07-27-2017

Nuka Olsen-Hakongak interviewed knowledge holders from her hometown to gather information about Our Changing Land, Our Changing People: Building Nunavut’s Climate Resiliency. In her interviews, she gathered important information on the experiences of change from the past to today.

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

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.

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

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