laval university has received more than
$18 million for the research icebreaker CCGS
Amundsen from the Canada Foundation for
Over five years, the funding will mainly
be used to maintain and deploy the research
ship’s scientific equipment and to pay the engineers who operate it, says Louis Fortier, the
Amundsen’s scientific director. But the money
will also be used to subsidize some scientific
projects that need the extra cash.
In 2017, two major projects will be supported in part by the CFI money, says Dr.
Fortier. BaySys, a joint project with Manitoba
Hydro, will study the relative impact of climate
change and hydroelectric development on the
circulation and sea ice regime of Hudson Bay.
And the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey will
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visit 14 Inuit communities in northern Quebec
to assess the residents’ mental and physical
health as part of an ongoing longitudinal study.
In 2018, the CFI funding will help support a
major international collaboration that will
include a circumnavigation of Greenland to
study the geology and geophysics of the region,
as well as the progression of fish stocks northwards in response to climate change.
Gilles Patry, president of CFI, says the funding agency will ask the government to provide
it with ongoing operations and maintenance
funding so that it can ensure the stability
of important facilities like the Amundsen. “Arctic
research in particular is very expensive,” he says.
“We want to help secure sufficient days at sea for
all disciplines.” – brian owens
CFI aims to secure ongoing operational funds for research facilities
The research icebreaker CCGS
Amundsen is seen here overwintering
in the Beaufort Sea.