This project will look at rapidly changing environmental conditions in Northern Canada and the impacts on local communities that depend heavily on marine resources. The project will use both community-engaged research and scientific methods to co-produce knowledge about the marine ecosystem and enhance capacity in marine research.
Academic and community researchers spanning multiple disciplines will engage in a process that values multiple knowledge systems to:
1) understand how coastal ecosystems are changing,
2) plan for those changes by developing sustainable management solutions in an inclusive and equitable way, and
3) enhance understanding around the application of transdisciplinary research in the marine environment that involves Inuit communities and academic partners.
The project will help fill a large data gap in regions of Northern Canada that are characterized by seasonal sea ice and winter conditions for much of the year.
More information about this project can be found here.