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2019 ArcticNet Expedition onboard the research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen (149170)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Renewal
Proponent name: Anissa Merzouk
Company: ArcticNet
Schedule:
Start Date: 2019-05-30
End Date: 2019-09-10
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The Arctic Ocean and its peripheral seas have experienced unprecedented change over the past 15 to 20 years associated with climate variability and change. In particular, sea ice is now observed to form later, break-up earlier, and at its minimum to cover a progressively smaller area of the Arctic Ocean. Our understanding of the impacts of these changes on the physical, biological and geochemical processes in the Canadian Arctic Ocean is progressing but still wanting. Since 2004, ArcticNet researchers have been conducting extensive multidisciplinary sampling programs in the Canadian Arctic. The goal of the ArcticNet marine-based research program is to study on a long-term basis how climate induced changes are impacting the marine ecosystem, contaminant transport, biogeochemical fluxes, and exchange processes across the ocean-sea ice-atmosphere interface in the Canadian Arctic Ocean. The knowledge generated from this multi-year program is being integrated into regional impact assessments to help decision makers and stakeholders develop effective adaptation strategies for the changing coastal Canadian Arctic. Summary of Research Activities The planned sampling operations for 2019 are similar to those carried out in the Canadian Arctic by the CCGS Amundsen since 2004. These operations are part of the ongoing effort of ArcticNet to understand the ecosystem response to climate variability and change. In the Arctic Ocean, sea-ice dynamics and hydrography will ultimately determine primary production, microbial activity, zooplankton and larval fish dynamics and benthos productivity. The objectives are 1) to quantify and map the Spring, Summer and early Fall distribution and contamination levels of the main components of the pelagic and benthic food webs in the study area and 2) to quantify the response of the pelagic and benthic communities to physical forcing processes. These processes affect the movement of carbon to the ocean floor and the transfer of energy (and contaminants) up the food web to higher trophic levels such as marine mammals, birds, polar bears and ultimately humans. Sampling of the pelagic and benthic environments will be conducted at stations identified in the study area (see 2019 Amundsen Expedition Plan). A CTD/Rosette sampler will be deployed to determine continuous profiles of temperature, salinity, light transmittance, fluorescence, pH and oxygen. The CTD/Rosette profiles will be complemented by seawater sampling for measurements of Dissolved Organic/Inorganic Carbon, nutrients, Chlorophyll a, microbial densities and suspended sediments at selected depths. Various size plankton nets will be deployed for the determination of zooplankton and larval fish abundances and contaminant levels. The major species collected with the plankton nets will consist of zooplankton and larval fish (5 to 50mm) of the dominant offshore fish species (i.e. arctic cod, sculpin). To complement the plankton net tows and determine the vertical position and migration of plankton and fish in the water column, a scientific echosounder (EK60) will be operated during transit between stations. To validate echoes obtained from the sounder, pelagic juvenile and adult fish will be sampled using an Isaacs-Kidd Midwater Trawl (IKMT) and benthic beam trawl. A box corer, gravity corer and Agassiz trawl will be used to assess the abundance, diversity and distribution of benthic organisms and levels of contaminants and carbon in the sediments. For geotechnical analyses, a piston corer will also be deployed to recover the upper 9 metres of sediment (surface of 0.01 m2). The icebreaker will also be used as a research platform to conduct multibeam and sub-bottom surveys. Surveys will be conducted in between stations along the sampling transects in open water using 1) a long range Simrad/Kongsberg EM 302 multibeam echo sounder to produce along-transect track 3-D maps of the topography and character of the seabed and, 2) a sub-bottom profiler (Knudsen) to map the distribution and characteristics of the sediment below the water-sediment interface and to assist in the selection of adequate box coring, gravity coring and piston coring sites. The multibeam and sub-bottom profiler are hull-mounted at the bottom of the ship. Using the Amundsen's helicopter and scientific barge to access rivers, near shore environments and beaches, water and sediments samples will be collected (ref. shore-based projects 1 and 2 of 2017 and 2018). The river sampling project aims to collect Canadian Arctic river water samples for chemical analysis, including measurement of greenhouse gases (methane and nitrous oxide) and to recover riverbank sediments and rock fragments deposited near the mouth of the rivers. The geological analyses of the mineralogical, geochemical and magnetic proprieties of these rivers samples will provide information on each river’s bed load and grain size and will be used to identify the detrital sources of the sediments. To place the current melting of Arctic ice caps and glaciers in perspective, it is necessary to understand their past geological history. To do so, this project will study shallow water and beach sediments at the outlets of the main glaciers of Baffin Island, western Devon Island and Ellesmere Island to understand their past and present histories through mineral, magnetic, chemical and biological signatures.
Personnel:
Persons: 40
Days: 104
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5457 point River at Black Cliffs
5458 point Glacier River
5459 point Charles York River
5461 point Cunningham River
5462 point River on Devon Island
5465 point Garnier River
5468 point Mecham River
5470 point Saaqu River
5474 polyline Cruise Track Leg 2a (2562 nm)
5475 point Bongo
5476 point Mecham River
5477 point Cunningham River
5478 point River on Devon Island
5479 point Saaqu River
5480 point Garnier River
5481 point River at Black Cliffs
5482 point Glacier River
5483 point Charles York River
5484 point Marcil Creek
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5495 point Float Station #1 (GreenEdge)
5496 point Float Station BB2
5497 point BB15
5498 point BB16
5499 point BB17
5500 point BB18
5501 point BB19
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5515 point BB24
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5523 point BB24
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5526 point Benthic Lander 2017
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5539 polyline Cruise Track Leg 2b (1910 nm)
5540 point Site 1.4
5541 point Site 2.3
5542 point Site 2.2
5543 point Site 2.3
5544 point Site 2.4
5545 point Site 1.4
5546 point Site 2.5
5547 point Site 2.6
5548 point Site 2.7
5549 point Site 6.1
5550 point Site 6.2
5551 point Site 6.3
5552 polyline Cruise Track Leg 3
5553 point Site 6.4
5554 point Site 2.1
5555 point 100A
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5557 point 100B
5558 point Bay_7
5559 point 100C
5560 point Bay_9
5561 point 100D
5562 point Bay_10
5563 point Devon
5564 point Bay_11
5565 point Sydcap
5566 point Curry Island Bay
5567 point Devon Ice Cap
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5569 point Belcher Glacier
5570 polygon Untitled Polygon
5571 point Sverdrup Glacier
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5573 point Sydkap Glacier
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5575 point Jakeman Glacier
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5579 point f20195264811550-2019 Leg 2b ArcticNet_15May2019
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5581 point Site 2.8
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5583 point f20195264811550-2019 Leg 2b ArcticNet_15May2019
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5585 point Manson Glacier
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5587 point Hans Island
Planning Regions:
Qikiqtani
Kivalliq
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Municipal
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NIRB: 0
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
CWS: Scientific permit under the Migratory Bird Regulations
PC: 0
DFO: Fish for Scientific Purposes Permit
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
CCGS Amundsen and all crafts 1 98 m All activities are contained on the CCGS Amundsen or its crafts (barge, Zodiac) and helicopter.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Other 0 0 Liters All fuel for the Amundsen or its crafts (diesel) and helicopter (jet fuel) are contained on the ship.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
List available upon request 10 200 Liters All Hazardous Materials and chemicals are contained on the Amundsen. Chemical waste are collected during the expedition and disposed of by trained personnel in Quebec City in September upon return of the ship.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Care will be taken to leave no trace of sampling activities. At no time wildlife will be approached or disturbed in any manner. Sampling will be immediately canceled or interrupted if there is a risk wildlife species or their habitat is disturbed by our activities. All Hazardous materials will be contained on the Amundsen and chemical waste willbe collected and disposed of in Quebec City at the end of the expedition.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
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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?
YES
i. Describe the results of your consultation.
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
NO
ii. If no, explain why it is not possible.
null

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