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Geology Research in Baffin Bay : REDUCING RISK TO COASTAL COMMUNITIES AND OFFSHORE INFRASTRUCTURES CAUSED BY MARINE GEOHAZARDS AND SEISMICITY (149172)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Alexandre Normandeau
Company: Natural Resources Canada
Schedule:
Start Date: 2019-09-20
End Date: 2019-10-02
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The proposed expedition would take place September 21-30, 2019. The expedition is part of the Geological Hazards in Baffin Bay Activity within the Public Safety Geoscience (PSG) Program of the Geological Survey of Canada, which began in 2012, and is funded by the Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC). To date, the activity has resulted in research expeditions in 2013 (NPC 148842, NIRB 13YN021) and 2018 (NPC 148842, NIRB 13YN021), as well as community engagement meetings in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2019. Information collected during this project will help support community and government decisions on use of offshore areas and provide communities with better knowledge for improving public safety. The proposed research expedition would take place in Baffin Bay between Qikiqtarjuaq and Pangnirtung. Community visits to Qikiqtarjuaq, Pangnirtung, Iqaluit and Pond Inlet were conducted in early 2019 to show results of research conducted during the last 5 years and to propose more research on geological hazards. The major goals of this proposed research for 2019 would be: -To investigate the stability of the seabed in fjords near Qikiqtarjuaq and Pangnirtung. New imagery of the seabed shows that submarine landslides have occurred in several locations. Baffin Bay experiences a number of earthquakes which can trigger submarine landslides. Our research will help to determine the risk for a large submarine landslide happening in the future. -Coastal lakes may also be investigated for the occurrence of tsunami deposits. Coring and mapping of coastal lakes would allow us to collect evidence of past tsunamis affecting the shoreline, similar to the 2017 Greenland tsunami. In addition, digging in coastal areas may take place using shovels to observe if tsunamis have occurred in the past near the villages. During this type of expedition, we typically collect seabed sediment samples (2 m long gravity cores), seafloor photographs and video, information about the shape of the seabed, and sub-bottom imaging. These instruments will be the same as those used during the 2013 and 2018 expeditions. We also propose using a drone to map fjord wall landslides, and recovering and installing an instrument called an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) in Southwind fiord for one year that will record any underwater landslides that occur there. The research would take place onboard the Government of Nunavut vessel Nuliajuk. If this project is accepted, the research ship is available from Sept. 21 to 30. Research results will be reported back during community visits after the conclusion of the field season or directly following the cruise and will be made publicly available. Results will also be presented at workshops in the North, at science conferences (ArcticNet) and will result in publications in various scientific journals, reports and plain language documents over the months and years following the project.
Personnel:
Persons: 9
Days: 15
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5673 polygon Qikiqtarjuaq to Southwind fjord
5674 polygon Pangnirtung fjord
5675 polyline Transit between locations
Planning Regions:
Qikiqtani
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Municipal
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Marine-Based Activities
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Gravity corer 1 6' X 4'' Collect sediment samples
R/V Nuliajuk 1 62' Research Vessel
Multibeam echosounder 1 attached to ship Seabed imaging
3.5 kHz echosounder 1 attached to ship Seabed imaging
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 1 0 Liters Fuel for ship (self-contained on vessel)
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Hydraulic oil 1 3 Liters for ship operations
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
2 Desalinization by reverse osmosis onboard ship offshore
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
No anticipated environmental impacts
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) 0 None All wastes stored onboard until returned to home port for disposal
Greywater 0 None All wastes stored onboard until returned to home port for disposal
Category: Application form attachment - Equipment
Recieved: 2019-05-31
Originator: Alexandre Normandeau
Public Registry ID: 16652
Document Size: 2282.56 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2019-06-07
Originator: Alexandre Normandeau
Public Registry ID: 16683
Document Size: 16.91 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-06-12
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 16700
Document Size: 239.65 Kb
2019-06-06 17:10:37, from: Goump Djalogue
 Hi Alexandre, Could you please include your project description, your past NIRB file # and NPC file # associated to your 2013 and 2018 expeditions. Thank you, Goump

2019-06-07 07:59:14, from: Alexandre Normandeau
 Hi Goump, I uploaded the NIRB and NPC numbers in the project description. Let me know if you need anything else. Thanks, Alex