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Evolution of postglacial landscapes and hydrological gateways in the Foxe Basin - Nettilling Lake region (148843)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Amendment
Proponent name: Reinhard PIENITZ
Company: Universite Laval
Start Date: 2018-08-14
End Date: 2018-08-18
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Climate warming in the Arctic is outpacing the rest of the planet, and the profound environmental change underway will amplify warming trends with global impacts. Understanding Arctic climate and landscape evolution is critical so that future changes can be predicted and used to guide sound policy decisions for northern communities and natural resources. The climate history of the Arctic is not well understood. Past climate data offer valuable insights on climate dynamics, but Arctic historical records are sparse and short. Lakes are abundant in northern landscapes and their sediments are sensitive archives of past environmental changes that provide compelling evidence for what a future, warmer world might look like. The proposed research program is the logical continuation of my studies completed in southwestern Nunavut over the past 24 years. It aims to place instrumental records into a longer-term perspective and fill long-standing knowledge gaps on climate and environmental change in one of the most inaccessible regions of Nunavut. Using many different geochemical (stable isotopes) and biological indicators (microfossils) for the reconstructions of past temperature and other environmental variables, my research team will study the sediment records of lakes in areas surrounding the eastern end of the Nettilling Lake Basin. We will analyse these sediment core data to allow for regional comparisons with ice core data from Baffin Island and Greenland. Surficial landforms will be mapped and dated to determine the position and timing of past glacier retreat and sea- and lake-levels. The insights gained from my research will improve our ability to forecast future changes and impacts due to climate warming and help Inuit communities to adapt to rapidly changing landscapes and environments.
Summary of Modifications:
During the month of August 2018, our planned fieldwork activities aim to continue our ongoing studies of the evolution of postglacial landscapes and hydrological gateways in the Foxe Basin - Nettilling Lake region of Nunavut. In particular, we will investigate the limnological characteristics and sediment archives deposited in 4 to 6 lakes located between the eastern end of the Nettilling Lake Basin and Nettilling Fiord (= northwestern end of Cumberland Sound). For this reason, our logistical operations base for our PCSP-funded research in 2018 will be the hamlet of Pangnirtung, and NOT Igloolik or Nikko Island as in past years. The research program proposed for 2018 is the logical continuation of our studies completed in Nunavut over the past 24 years, with the only difference that our fieldwork operations will be based out of Pangnirtung.
Persons: 4
Days: 5
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Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
QIA: Land Use Licence I
Other Licensing Requirements
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Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Helicopter 1 206L The helicopter we will use on a daily basis will be chartered from Polar Continental Shelf Program
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Other 0 0 Gallons n/a
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
none 0 0 Liters none
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0 None- we will stay overnight in Pangnirtung- no water retrieval needed in the field! None- we will stay overnight in Pangnirtung- no water retrieval needed in the field!
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Our research team will be transported to and from Pangnirtung by regular flights from Montreal or Ottawa (First Air). A BELL 206L helicopter will be chartered from PCSP to explore the study area and to reach the appropriate study sites. A small inflatable boat (Zodiak; length = 1.5 m) with paddles will be used to take water (1 liter) and sediment samples from the lakes. NO outboard motor will be used for our sampling in the field. NO structure and NO camp will be erected, and the impacts of our lake sediment sampling on the environment will be minimal. The sediment and water samples represent a very small amount of material relative to the entire lake ecosystem. All our instruments are made of resistant and inert materials that neither decompose in water nor pollute the water. Our logistic base will be at the Auyuittuq Lodge in Pangnirtung. Activities in the field will be conducted in a way as to minimize any disturbance of the environment. Any wastes (papers for the drying/cleaning of instruments) will be collected and transported to appropriate places designated for the disposal of wastes in Pangnirtung.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Combustible wastes 1 small plastic bag filled with papers (cleaning tissue) None necessary the papers we use for the cleaning and drying of instruments will be collected in a plastic bag and disposed of in a garbage dump in Pangnirtung
Category: Application form attachment - Equipment
Recieved: 2018-05-01
Originator: Reinhard PIENITZ
Public Registry ID: 14184
Document Size: 64.35 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Equipment
Recieved: 2018-05-01
Originator: Reinhard PIENITZ
Public Registry ID: 14185
Document Size: 740.99 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2018-05-08
Originator: Allan Thompson
Public Registry ID: 14222
Document Size: 185.04 Kb
2018-05-01 13:54:23, from: Reinhard PIENITZ
 To whom it may concern, I would like to transmit this amendment of my previous NPC application to you, with the purpose of continuing our previous research activities carried out in the Foxe Basin - Nettilling Lake region. Best regards, Reinhard Pienitz

2018-05-04 09:41:01, from: Allan Thompson
 I am returning your application so you may add the authorizing Agencies that you will require. You will need to include Nunavut Impact Review Board(NIRB), Nunavut Water Board(NWB), Nunavut Research Insitute(NRI) and Qikiqani Inuit Association(QIA). You will need to delete NTI as they will not require to issue any licenses or permits.