The Arctic is undergoing unprecedented changes, spurred in large part by climate change and globalization. Record levels of sea ice loss is expected to lead to increased trade through the Northwest Passage. Ocean warming and changes to the tundra will transform marine and terrestrial ecosystems, while permafrost thaw will have significant effects on infrastructure and the release of greenhouses gases. As a result of these trends, Northern communities, and Canada as an Arctic and maritime country, are facing profound economic, social, and ecosystem impacts.
Set against this shifting backdrop, Canadian researchers continue to advance the frontiers of knowledge on a host of issues, ranging from the environmental impacts of changing snow and ice cover to the social and cultural effects of Arctic tourism and trade. But Canada’s Arctic research landscape is both complex and fragmented. A clear vision is required to ensure that Canada remains a global leader in Arctic and Northern research, fostering new discoveries while respecting the values, priorities, and knowledge of Indigenous and Northern communities.
A consortium of Arctic and northern research and science organizations from across Canada, led by ArcticNet (see full list below*).
Based on assessment of current knowledge and evidence, what are the key foundational elements to create an inclusive, collaborative, effective, and world-class Arctic and northern science system in Canada?