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CoMet 2.0 Arctic (149755)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Andrea Hausold
Company: DLR (German Aerospace Center)
Schedule:
Start Date: 2022-08-04
End Date: 2022-09-22
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
CoMet 2.0 is a research flight campaign conducted by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and a number of other German research institutes. Contact was established with different Canadian science teams for cooperation and data exchange. DLR owns and operates the research aircraft HALO (high altitude and long range aircraft) which will be equipped with instruments provided by the research teams. We have approximately 100 flight hours available for research flights. With a typical flight duration of 8-9 hours we will do approximately 12 flights during a 6-weeks'-period. The overarching goal of the CoMet 2.0 Arctic mission is to provide measurements of the most important greenhouse gases CO2 and CH4 from Arctic regions. This will be done using a suite of sophisticated scientific remote sensing and in-situ instruments onboard the German research aircraft HALO. This data will support state-of-the-art Earth system models and will increase our understanding of climate change at regional level in the Arctic boreal region. At the same time, CoMet 2.0 also intends to support and improve current and future satellite missions to monitor climate change. The results shall help to better predict future effects on ecosystems and allow policymakers to make informed, fact-based decisions. Thus, CoMet 2.0 complies with cross-cutting themes of many countries' agendas with respect to climate change, but also to innovative and emerging technologies as it will support access to earth observation data through remote sensing. The aircraft and the supporting team shall be based either at the airport of Yellowknife or at the airport of Edmonton. Technical stops/fuel stops at other airports are possible. The team will consist of about 40 persons - pilots, aircraft technicians, operations, scientists, instrument engineers, project management, meteorological forecasters etc. The vast majority of research flights during CoMet will be carried out at flight altitudes > 5-6 km altitude meeting the requirements of the remote sensing instruments. Nevertheless, some low flights are required in the planetary boundary layer to infer greenhouse gas fluxes from wetlands using the in-situ instruments onboard the aircraft. Mainly in the Northwest Territories, please see maps in the files of the documents section. Typically, for safety reasons these flights are limited to flight altitudes of 600 m above ground (2000 ft AGL). In cases of favorable weather condition and flat terrain and at the discretion of the pilots, the flight level may be slightly lower. Tentative areas for low flight operation have been identified (maps will be provided in the documents section of this application). These areas together with the potentially affected settlement regions are depicted in the attached documents. Low flights shall for example be carried out in the vicinity of measurements towers to link the local scale measured by the ground based instruments to the regional scale. The exact choice of target area is depending on weather conditions. Usually, one flight leg of ~10-20 min will be performed in the upwind direction of targeted wetland areas while 2-3 legs will be performed downwind. As this will happen up to two times only over a specific single target area (2500 km2), no more than ~2h of low flight operation will be performed over such dedicated areas during the entire campaign period of 6 weeks. Additionally, a few (~10) single profiles will be flown preferably, but not limited to the vicinity of airports adding a few minutes to low flight operations. As an optional additional benefit to the project, and for gaining more information about the air between aircraft and ground, dropping of 20 meteorological sondes (similar to the ones launched by the meteorological service every day) is being asked for. We are aware that this may not be possible everywhere and we are ready to limit it to certain regions, following your instructions.
Personnel:
Persons: 40
Days: 49
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
8764 polygon rough Flight Area CoMet 2.0
Planning Regions:
Qikiqtani
Kivalliq
Kitikmeot
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Municipal
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Keewatin Planning Region
Thelon Game Sanctuary
Keewatin Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Southampton and Coats Island
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Airport
Licensing Agencies
TC: 0
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
NIRB: 0
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
aircraft 1 aprox 32x30x8 metres based at Yellowknife or Edmonton. Maybe fuel stops at other (big) airports where fuel is available from bigger suppliers as a standard
dropsondes 20 41x7 cm Drop them from the aircraft. They weigh about 350 g. Similar to meteorological balloon radiosondes
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
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
About 20 meteorological dropsondes are available for the project - the entire time and the entire flight region. They are very similar to the ones launched by the Canadian meteorological service on balloons (which burst at high altitude and let the sondes drop, as well). The dropsondes will not be recovered. Please see the uploaded documents for details. Regions where release of dropsondes can not be permitted will be omitted from dropping.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Non-Combustible wastes 20 not being recoverd dropped from aircraft
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-04-17
Originator: Andrea Hausold
Public Registry ID: 19921
Document Size: 452.09 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-04-17
Originator: Andrea Hausold
Public Registry ID: 19922
Document Size: 1087.37 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-04-28
Originator: Andrea Hausold
Public Registry ID: 20007
Document Size: 174.12 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-06-21
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 20449
Document Size: 239.7 Kb
2022-04-28 09:51:45, from: Andrea Hausold
 Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-Outs: Is there a map showing these areas (or where they typically are)? During the flight we may possibly see it – but on the other hand we do not want to fly that low … And the dropsondes would be issued from high level and could be disturbing as well. So it would be good to know the areas before the flight and then we can make sure that the dropsondes will not fall/drift there. Or are the dropsondes not considered as an disturbing issue? Particular areas: We can exclude areas from dropping of sondes based on your evaluation. We already marked some in one of the attached files, but maybe we have not yet included all areas that we should avoid. Many thanks for your kind feedback. Attached files: In the attachment (draft proposal at the website) there is a map showing potential low level flight areas in the Northwest Territories. No equivalent is contained for Nunavut. Low level, in our map, means 600 m above ground, maybe a bit lower at some places. But not down to 300 m or below.

2022-05-19 11:14:34, from: Goump Djalogue
 Good morning, Andrea, I am returning the application to you to indicate the authorizing agencies and types of permit/licensing you are requesting to conduct this project. Authorizing agencies my include the Nunavut Research Institute, Transport Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)... Thanks

2022-06-17 05:48:59, from: Andrea Hausold
 Good morning Goump Djalogue, I do apologize for the late reply. I added today the permit number of Transport Canada for the research flights. NRI physical/natural sciences application form was submitted today. NIRB screening application from can (and will )be submitted after NPC has reviewed this proposal, if I understood the process correctly. I am not sure if any additional authorizations are needed. As we will not do ground work I think - and hope - that no others are needed. If this assumption is wrong I will be happy to know, many thanks for your kind advice!

2022-06-17 05:49:06, from: Andrea Hausold
 Good morning Goump Djalogue, I do apologize for the late reply. I added today the permit number of Transport Canada for the research flights. NRI physical/natural sciences application form was submitted today. NIRB screening application from can (and will )be submitted after NPC has reviewed this proposal, if I understood the process correctly. I am not sure if any additional authorizations are needed. As we will not do ground work I think - and hope - that no others are needed. If this assumption is wrong I will be happy to know, many thanks for your kind advice!

2022-06-17 05:49:12, from: Andrea Hausold
 Good morning Goump Djalogue, I do apologize for the late reply. I added today the permit number of Transport Canada for the research flights. NRI physical/natural sciences application form was submitted today. NIRB screening application from can (and will )be submitted after NPC has reviewed this proposal, if I understood the process correctly. I am not sure if any additional authorizations are needed. As we will not do ground work I think - and hope - that no others are needed. If this assumption is wrong I will be happy to know, many thanks for your kind advice!

2022-06-17 05:49:39, from: Andrea Hausold
 Good morning Goump Djalogue, I do apologize for the late reply. I added today the permit number of Transport Canada for the research flights. NRI physical/natural sciences application form was submitted today. NIRB screening application from can (and will )be submitted after NPC has reviewed this proposal, if I understood the process correctly. I am not sure if any additional authorizations are needed. As we will not do ground work I think - and hope - that no others are needed. If this assumption is wrong I will be happy to know, many thanks for your kind advice!

2022-06-17 05:49:41, from: Andrea Hausold
 Good morning Goump Djalogue, I do apologize for the late reply. I added today the permit number of Transport Canada for the research flights. NRI physical/natural sciences application form was submitted today. NIRB screening application from can (and will )be submitted after NPC has reviewed this proposal, if I understood the process correctly. I am not sure if any additional authorizations are needed. As we will not do ground work I think - and hope - that no others are needed. If this assumption is wrong I will be happy to know, many thanks for your kind advice!

2022-06-17 05:49:56, from: Andrea Hausold
 Good morning Goump Djalogue, I do apologize for the late reply. I added today the permit number of Transport Canada for the research flights. NRI physical/natural sciences application form was submitted today. NIRB screening application from can (and will )be submitted after NPC has reviewed this proposal, if I understood the process correctly. I am not sure if any additional authorizations are needed. As we will not do ground work I think - and hope - that no others are needed. If this assumption is wrong I will be happy to know, many thanks for your kind advice!

KEEWATIN QUESTIONAIRE

GENERAL
Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
YES

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s2.4.9: 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:
s2.4.15 and Appendix 2,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:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?
YES

Caribou Protection Measures:
s2.4.6 and Appendix 3: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix 3?
YES

Caribou Water Crossings:
Will the applicant avoid, between May 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct s2.4.6 and map: any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified
YES

ARCHEOLOGY
Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s4.4.3 and Appendix 3, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Government of Nunavut?
YES

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Scientific Research:
s6.4.2: 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
Local Services and Local Employment:
s6.4.3: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
YES
Describe the services retained and people to be employed.
normally no service on ground needed, as only overflights are planned

Communication on Scientific Research:
s6.4.4: Will the applicant communicate with communities in language that is clear, non-technical, in Inuktitut and English and communicate to the affected communities the results of all scientific res
YES

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s6.4.5: Has the applicant made all reasonable efforts to consult with the Nunavut Research Institute about research that would benefit or interest local residents?
YES
Describe the results of your consultation.
contact was made with Mr. Jamal Shirley, Director of Nunavut Research Institute, offering information exchange, naming points of contact

PARTICULAR AREAS
Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?
YES

Bird Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Mc Connell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary or, the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary
YES

Southern Southampton Island and Coats Island:
s3.4.5: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, in southern Southampton Island and Coats Island?
YES
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
NO
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?
YES

PARTICULAR ACTIVITIES



New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?
NO

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.
YES

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.
contact was made with Mr. Jamal Shirley, Director of Nunavut Research Institute, offering information exchange, naming points of contact
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.
Normally no services on ground will be needed as we only plan overflights.

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