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URI Northwest Passage Project 2018 (148813)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Holly Morin
Company: University of Rhode Island
Schedule:
Start Date: 2018-08-23
End Date: 2018-09-20
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
URI Northwest Passage Project 2018 Overview The Northwest Passage Project (NPP) is a US National Science Foundation funded program to explore the changing Arctic through an innovative expedition that will engage diverse audiences through real time interactions from sea, a high definition 2-hour documentary, and related community events. The expedition will be conducted onboard the One Ocean Akademik Ioffe, which will be fully equipped with telepresence technologies for shore-based participation in the project. Undergraduate and graduate students will participate in the expedition along with scientists, historians, journalists, and a documentary film crew. The URI Northwest Passage Project applied for permits in 2017 (NPC File # 148421 and NIRB: 17YN016 --withdrawn), but was unable to conduct the expedition due to the withdrawal of our ship partner, Oliver Hazard Perry. With a different ship and another year, the science party has changed a bit but the science objectives are essentially the same. There are now several Canadian scientists in the party along with one young scientist from Cambridge Bay. The science activities are motivated by the overarching goal to understand how waters of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago (CAA) have changed as a consequence of the secular warming trend over the Arctic Circle. We approach this goal using an interdisciplinary ocean-based research program to explore the changes in four (4) thematic areas: 1.Water mass properties and circulation inside the CAA. Science leads: D. Gong, Lydia Bienlien, Virginian Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). 2.Microscopic communities in transition due to a changing Arctic climate. Science leads: K. Boswell, Florida International University (FIU), M. Thaler, Universite Laval (U. Laval). 3.At-sea distributions of marine birds and mammals in Canadian Arctic waters. Science leads: C. Gjerdrum, Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS), H. Morin, University of Rhode Island, Inner Space Center (URI, ISC). 4.Greenhouse gas chemistry, and microbial activity of the melting Arctic and marginal seas. Science leads: B. Loose , Z. Kerrigan University of Rhode Island (URI), A. Bellagamba, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), S. Rosengard, University of British Columbia (UBC). The NPP Akademik Ioffe expedition will transit the Northwest passage from Resolute Bay, departing August 23, 2018, traveling south and west to Cambridge Bay via Bellot Strait and then returning to Lancaster Sound and Pond Inlet before travelling down the east side of Baffin Island. The expedition will terminate in Iqaluit on September 13, 2018. The One Ocean expedition (OOE) will make 22 stops for sightseeing; a portion of these will include shore landings for debarking of participants for research and educational activities and videography. Science activities will be primarily ship-based, and will occur continuously or on an event basis throughout the expedition. CTD rosette casts and zooplankton net tows will occur every 100 nm or approximately daily, whichever comes first. Other activities, including atmospheric sampling, flowing seawater, mammal and seabird census counts will take place throughout the expedition. There will also be an underwater glider deployment and recovery during the cruise. After Iqaluit, the ship will then transit to Halifax, Nova Scotia and while in transit onboard pumped water measurements and atmospheric measurements will continue until September 20 with a single member of the science party A detailed description of the science activities along with additional information about the acoustics methods and the glider deployment are in the documents attached to the application.
Personnel:
Persons: 36
Days: 22
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
3701 point Akademik Ioffe stops and stations
3702 polyline Proposed NPP2018 Cruise Track
3703 polygon Proposed Glider Operations Area
3704 polyline Proposed Transect 1
3705 polyline Proposed Transect 2
3706 polyline Proposed Transect 3
3707 polyline Proposed Transect 4
Planning Regions:
Qikiqtani
Kivalliq
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Municipal
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Marine-Based Activities
Marine-Based Activities
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
CWS: Migratory Bird Sanctuary permit under the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations
DFO: Fish for Scientific Purposes Permit
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Slocum Glider 1 2.4m x 45cm diameter Conduct repeated cross strait transects to monitor water masses, freshwater transport, boundary currents on the two sides of Lancaster Strait, and eddies inside the strait. The glider is equipped with a conductivity meter (to measure salinity), a temperature sensor, a pressure sensor (for depth), a dissolved oxygen sensor, and 3-channel fluorometer (to measure Chlorophyll-a, CDOM, and optical backscattering).
CTD Rosette 1 2m x 1 m diameter Deployed on the ships cable to measure Conductivity (salinity), Temperature, and Pressure (depth) in the water column. Bottles collect water at depth. The rosette will also have a 300kHz LADCP mounted on it.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
DAPI - fluorescent dye 1 0 Liters Nucleic Acid sampling and preservation of plankton. All unused and waste materials will be stored in proper containers in the lab aboard the Ioffe. Chemicals will be disposed of when the ship reaches Halifax, Nova Scotia. NPP will bring 10ml
glutaraldehyde (25%) 1 0 Liters Used for processing marine samples. All unused and waste materials will be stored in proper containers in the lab aboard the Ioffe. Chemicals will be disposed of when the ship reaches Halifax, Nova Scotia. NPP will bring 400ml.
16.8 molality HCL 1 1 Liters Used for processing marine samples. All unused and waste materials will be stored in proper containers in the lab aboard the Ioffe. Chemicals will be disposed of when the ship reaches Halifax, Nova Scotia. (16.8 molality HCL is 37% concentration in 1L or the same as a 12 molar solution).
1% glutaraldehyde and 0.1% paraformaldehyde solution 1 1 Liters Used for processing marine samples. All unused and waste materials will be stored in proper containers in the lab aboard the Ioffe. Chemicals will be disposed of when the ship reaches Halifax, Nova Scotia. NPP will bring 1.2 L of this solution.
Ethanol 5 1 Liters Used for processing marine samples. All unused and waste materials will be stored in proper containers in the lab aboard the Ioffe. Chemicals will be disposed of when the ship reaches Halifax, Nova Scotia.
formaldehyde (37%) 4 1 Liters Used for processing marine samples. All unused and waste materials will be stored in proper containers in the lab aboard the Ioffe. Chemicals will be disposed of when the ship reaches Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Non-flammable compressed gases UN 1956 4 25 Kg Gas for the laser absorption spectrometers. The gas itself is non-hazardous. Tanks will be offloaded from the Ioffe in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
The URI Northwest Passage Project 2018 (URI NPP) will bring only small quantity of chemicals for the research and will take all waste and unused chemicals out of the Nunavut region. Aboard the Akademik Ioffe the URI NPP will make up a small part of the shipboard crew and passengers. The Akademik Ioffe has appropriate measures to minimize the impact of waste from the ship.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Hazardous waste 4-5 liters none Stored onboard the Akademik Ioffe until the ship reaches Halifax, Nova Scotia where it will be properly disposed on land.
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Recieved: 2018-04-16
Originator: Holly Morin
Public Registry ID: 14098
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Originator: Holly Morin
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Originator: Holly Morin
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Category: Application form attachment - Project description
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Originator: Holly Morin
Public Registry ID: 14110
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Originator: Holly Morin
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Originator: Holly Morin
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Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-04-17
Originator: Holly Morin
Public Registry ID: 14114
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Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2018-04-24
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 14152
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NORTH BAFFIN QUESTIONAIRE

GENERAL
Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
YES

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.
YES

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.
YES

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.
YES

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?
YES

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?
YES

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified
YES

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?
YES

HERITAGE RESOURCES
Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?
YES

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Scientific Research:
s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
YES
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?
YES

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s3.9.5: Has the applicant consulted with the Nunavut Research Institute about research topics that would benefit or interest local residents?
NO
ii. If no, explain why.
The oceanographic research has been driven by the operational possibilities on the ship, research questions from previous work in the Arctic region by the primary scientists, and the research opportunities for the students. We will have a young Inuit scientist who will help focus us on topics of particular interest that we can investigate on this cruise.
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
YES
i. Describe the services retained and the people to be employed.
There are few opportunities for local services with the project. All science activity will take place aboard the ship Akademik Ioffe. A young scientist from Cambridge Bay will be part of the science party.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s3.2.8: The applicant will, at minimum, translate a summary of its work into Inuktitut and communicate with communities using language that is clear and non-technical. The results of all scientific re
YES

MARINE AND TERRESTRIAL TRANSPORTATION
Corridor:
s3.5.11, s3.3.5.12: Does the proposal consider the development of a transportation and/or communications corridor?
NO

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix H: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the code of Good Conduct at all times.
YES