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Past climate reconstruction using annually-layered carbonate buildups on the Nunavut shallow seafloor (149175)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Renewal
Proponent name: Jochen Halfar
Company: University of Toronto
Schedule:
Start Date: 2019-09-15
End Date: 2020-08-30
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
•Climate data in the Canadian Arctic prior to the beginning of instrumental observations in the 20th century is sparse. Hence, at present we do not have a good understanding of ocean temperature and sea ice evolution during the past centuries. During our cruise we will collect small carbonate (limestone) mounds on the shallow seafloor of Arctic Bay, Nunavut. These mounds contain annual bands and can form on the seafloor for hundreds of years, hence, allowing a reconstruction of Arctic climate several centuries back. Using the small vessel Vagabond we will collect mounds using SCUBA at water depths of 15-20m at Arctic Bay. Mounds are generally 3-8 centimeters in diameter, up to 3 centimeters high, and can be removed from rocky seafloor using a small hammer and chisel. At each site we plan to remove 20 mounds, which are structures made up entirely of inorganic calcium carbonate that were originally formed by an underwater alga. The mounds will be analyzed for their amount of yearly growth and element composition in the laboratory, which will provide data for long time series of sea surface temperature and past sea ice reconstructions. Ultimately the published results are expected to be integrated into climate models. Results will also be made available to the Nunavut Research Institute.
Personnel:
Persons: 2
Days: 12
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5687 point New project geometry
Planning Regions:
Kivalliq
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Marine-Based Activities
Licensing Agencies
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Marine vessel 1 15 m Marine navigation
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 1 40000 Liters vessel fuel, built in tank
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
During our cruise we will collect small carbonate (limestone) mounds on the shallow seafloor of Arctic Bay, Nunavut. We will collect mounds using SCUBA at water depths of 15-20m at various locations. Mounds are generally 3-8 centimeters in diameter, up to 3 centimeters high, and can be removed from rocky seafloor using a small hammer and chisel. At Arctic Bay we plan to remove 150 mounds, which are structures made up entirely of inorganic calcium carbonate that were originally formed by an underwater alga. Impacts are therefore minimal and no mitigation measures necessary.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater 200 liter/day none shipboard
Sewage (human waste) 5 people none shipboard
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2016-05-07
Originator: Jochen Halfar
Public Registry ID: 16663
Document Size: 34.74 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2016-05-07
Originator: Jochen Halfar
Public Registry ID: 16664
Document Size: 13.02 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2016-05-13
Originator: Jochen Halfar
Public Registry ID: 16665
Document Size: 47.42 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2016-05-29
Originator: Jochen Halfar
Public Registry ID: 16668
Document Size: 45.4 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-07-02
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 16724
Document Size: 240.54 Kb
Category: Application related document - Email Capture Attachment
Recieved: 2016-05-17
Originator: Administration
Public Registry ID: 16666
Document Size: 245.81 Kb
Category: Application related document - Email Capture Attachment
Recieved: 2016-05-17
Originator: Administration
Public Registry ID: 16667
Document Size: 143.3 Kb
2019-06-12 10:30:50, from: Goump Djalogue
 Good morning Jochen, Please Identify on the map your itinerary and all the places where you will be stopping and collecting the data from; and provide the updated list of those locations in your project description or as an attachment in your application. Also, please update the date (Annual/Seasonal) in your application. Those dates are still in 2016. In addition, please change the authorizing agencies to the Nunavut Research Institute (NRI) instead of NTI. Thank you, Goump

2019-06-12 12:26:08, from: Jochen Halfar
 Good morning Goump, Thanks for your input, I have made the changes and clarified that this project will only take place in Arctic Bay (which is marked on the map on the second tab). I changed to annual and updated to NRI. However, I did not see any 2016 date remaining. In the first tab, where I changed my input to annual, the dates show 2019-09-15 to 2020-08-30 - please let me know if there is another place where a 2016 date still remains that I overlooked. Thanks Jochen

2019-06-20 11:12:12, from: Goump Djalogue
 Hi Jochen, I have noticed that you have answered "no" to all question or have not answered the North Baffin Questionnaire. Please revise the answers and resubmit . Do not hesitate to contact us at 867-979-3444, should you have questions. Thank you. Goump

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

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.
NO