The planning of the 2021 Arctic scientific expedition of the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen is ongoing. Ship-time applications were received and evaluated by the User Advisory Committee and by the Board of Directors. Meetings with the selected research programs recently took place to evaluate the feasibility of the research projects in regard to the time constraints associated with the ongoing dry dock. The 2022 Preliminary Expedition Plan was developed and will be refined and consolidated during the Planning Workshop to be held online on April 20. See here for registration.
8 to 22 September 2022 (Quebec City to Iqaluit)
The Integrated Studies in Coastal and Deepwater Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay Ecosystems (ISICLE) program is planned for the first Leg of the 2022 expedition. This project aims to study the marine ecosystems off Labrador, in particular using ASTRID, the remotely operated vehicle (ROV). ISICLE is a partnership between several universities, the Nunatsiavut Government and federal departments (DFO, NRCan).
22 September to 19 October 2022 (Iqaluit to Quebec City)
Three programs are planned during the second Leg of the 2022 expedition. The KEBABB (Knowledge and Ecosystem-Based Approach in Baffin Bay) project aims to collect physical, biological, and chemical data in Baffin Bay. ArcticNet marine program studies the impact of climate change in the Canadian Arctic by focusing on geology, kelp, fish, and biogeochemical, nutrient, and contaminant cycling. The deployment of moorings for a community-based acoustic monitoring program is also planned near Clyde River, in partnership with the Ittaq Heritage & Research Centre.