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Geology Research in Baffin Bay : REDUCING RISK TO COASTAL COMMUNITIES AND OFFSHORE INFRASTRUCTURES CAUSED BY MARINE GEOHAZARDS AND SEISMICITY (149732)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Renewal
Proponent name: Alexandre Normandeau
Company: Natural Resources Canada
Schedule:
Start Date: 2019-08-01
End Date: 2019-09-30
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The proposed expedition would take place in August or September 2022, depending on vessel availability. 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 partly funded by NRCan, CIRNAC and ArcticNet. To date, the activity has resulted in research expeditions in 2013 (NPC 148842, NIRB 13YN021) and 2018 (NPC 148842, NIRB 13YN021) and in 2019 (NPC 149732), 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 and around the community of Grise Fiord and Mittie Glacier. The major goals of this proposed research for 2022 would be: -To investigate the stability of the seabed in fjords near Grise Fiord. New imagery of the seabed shows that submarine landslides have occurred in several locations. Baffin Bay experiences a number of earthquakes and iceberg groundings which can trigger submarine landslides. Our research will help to determine the risk for a large submarine landslide happening in the future. -Coring and mapping of coastal environments 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, 2018 and 2019 expeditions. The research would take place onboard the Government of Nunavut vessel Nuliajuk. If this project is accepted, the research ship is available in August or September. 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
8602 polygon Grise Fiords
8603 polygon Smith Bay
8604 polyline Transit
Planning Regions:
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
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: 19659
Document Size: 2282.56 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-06-12
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 19662
Document Size: 239.65 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-05-06
Originator: Adrian Gerhartz
Public Registry ID: 20074
Document Size: 284.69 Kb
2022-05-04 17:02:01, from: Alexandre Normandeau
 Hello, I see a mention of completeness check on this application and was wondering what that meant? Thanks, Alex

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.
Consultations with numerous communities have been done to discuss natural hazards and tsunamis. Communities have expressed interest and support for this kind of projects
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.
2 inuits will be hired on the vessel for regular operations and members of the Grise Fiord community will be invited on board to help with scientific research

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?
YES

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