Sustainable Nunatsiavut Futures

Lay Summary 

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.


Adapted from


Ocean Sciences
Newfoundland and Labrador
Cold Ocean and Arctic, Science, Technology and Society
Start date 
1 Jan 2020
Lead Organization 
Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)
Partner Organization 
Dalhousie University
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Nunatsiavut Government
Parks Canada
Oceana Canada
Oceans North
JASCO Applied Sciences (JASCO) Partner
Ocean School
RBR Development Associates Ltd.
Tula Foundation
Centre for Environmental Genomics Applications
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub
Marine Global Earth Observatory
Marine Biodiversity Observation Network
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society