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Discover the expeditions

The 2023 Expedition Report and Summary are now available!

The Amundsen brought new life to Canadian Arctic science by providing Canadian researchers and their international collaborators unprecedented access to the Arctic Ocean. The ship’s annual maintenance and oceanographic research instruments acquired over the years make it a versatile platform for oceanographers, climatologists, marine geologists, and epidemiologists and health professionals studying northern communities.

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Will you be boarding the CCGS Amundsen this year ?

Every year, the CCGS Amundsen welcomes more than 100 scientists on board to conduct research in the Canadian Arctic.

Scientific participation

To participate in the Annual Amundsen Expedition, each participant must be associated with a research program whose application for ship time has been accepted. If your participation is confirmed, make sure to be well prepared !

 

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Media participation

Amundsen Science is open to proposals from media professionals in the film, television, writing, and visual arts fields, who are interested in exploring and presenting the organization’s dynamic Arctic research achievements.

 

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Since 2003, the annual Amundsen Expedition represent than:

  • 2,500 days at sea;
  • 250,000 nautical miles, or about 12 times the Earth’s circumference;
  • 1,800 expedition participants;
  • 20 different countries involved and all Canadian provinces and territories;
  • 45 scientific programs;
  • 1,400 peer-reviewed scientific publications;
  • 2,500 oral presentations and scientific posters;
  • 400 datasets.
Previous expeditions

Discover our previous expeditions

Find out more about the scientific operations onboard the CCGS Amundsen and its routes taken since 2005 .

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2023 Expedition

2023 Expedition

On July 8th, the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen departed from Québec City for its annual expedition to the Arctic Ocean and came back on October 25th. Around 150 scientists from national and international research teams came on board to study the marine and coastal environments of the Canadian and Greenlandic Arctic.

2022 Expedition

2022 Expedition

On September 9th, the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen departed from Quebec City for its annual mission to the Arctic Ocean and came back on October 19th. Around 70 scientists from national and international research teams came on board to study the marine and coastal environments of the Canadian and Greenlandic Arctic.

2021 Expedition

2021 Expedition

The 2021 Amundsen Expedition began on July 4th, when the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen left Quebec City for its annual mission to the Arctic. The expedition ran until November 3rd and allowed more than 140 scientists from national and international research teams to study the marine and coastal environments of the Labrador Sea, the Baffin Bay, the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and the Beaufort Sea.

2020 Expedition

2020 Expedition

During the year 2020, two expeditions were undertaken: the Odyssée St-Laurent expedition and the Annual Amundsen Expedition. This latter has been affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic, resulting in the suspension of all scientific activities in the Arctic. Although, the 2020 Amundsen Expedition allowed 37 multidisciplinary scientists from national research teams to study the marine and coastal environments of the Canadian and Greenlandic Atlantic Ocean.

2019 Expeditions

2019 Expeditions

Two significant expeditions were undertaken in 2019. The first, the Odyssée St-Laurent expedition, occurred within the St. Lawrence estuary, spanning from the 1st to the 16th of February. The second was the annual Arctic Expedition, starting on May 30th until September 10th. This expedition allowed more than 150 scientists from national and international research teams to study the marine and coastal environments of the Canadian and Greenlandic Arctic.

2018 Expeditions

2018 Expeditions

Two significant expeditions were undertaken. The first, the Odyssée St-Laurent expedition, occurred within the St. Lawrence estuary, spanning from February 9th to 23rd. The second was the annual Arctique Expedition. On May 25th, the CCGS Amundsen left Québec City for a 128-day in the Hudson bay and the Canadian Arctic in support of several research programs. Among programs on board wereArcticNet annual marine-based research program, BaySys, a project that aims a better understanding of variability and change of freshwater-marine coupling in the Hudson Bay System, Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem ROV Program, Sentinel North BOND, BriGHT and PhD School projects as well as Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

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