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TitleNatural Resources Canada: Arctic observations, information management and logistical support
 
AuthorLebel, DORCID logo; Campbell, C; Bergman, M
SourceSustaining Arctic observing networks, poster abstracts; 2008, 1 pages
LinksOnline - En ligne
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Year2008
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20070618
MeetingSecond International Polar Year Workshop on Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON); Edmonton; CA; April 9-11, 2008
Documentbook
Lang.English
Mediadigital; on-line
Subjectsmiscellaneous; Health and Safety; arctic geology; arctic expeditions; governments; information geology; terrain management; economics
AbstractAs Canada's largest organization investigating natural resources in Canada's Arctic, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) plays a key role in Arctic observations and information management to help Canadians ensure sustainable northern development. The Arctic constitutes a strategic reserve of natural resources for Canada. Northern Canada's future prosperity in a globalized economy will depend on our ability to develop sustainable northern infrastructure and communities. NRCan's Arctic observations and information management: provide an integrated scientific foundation for decision-making, policy development, regulation, and standards; provide support for public health, safety, environmental and defence needs; and, enable economic and social development.
For over 50 years, NRCan's Polar Continental Shelf Project (PCSP) has been making it easier for hundreds of scientists from around the world. The PCSP coordinates support for, and offers expert advice to Canadian government and university scientists and independent, private sector and non-Canadian researchers working in isolated areas throughout the Canadian Arctic. Support includes: transportation (primarily small fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter support), communications, accommodation, field equipment and related services Each year, Polar Shelf provides ground and air support services to approximately 150 scientific groups from more than 40 Canadian and international universities or government agencies. Scientific projects using PCSP's services cover every discipline, from archaeology to space science to zoology.
NRCan's Arctic observations and information management are key contributions towards NRCan's Strategic Outcomes which includes: Economic Development: natural resource sectors are internationally competitive, economically productive, and contribute to the social well-being of Canadians (program activities include Economic Opportunities for Natural Resources and Natural Resource-based Communities; Environmental Responsibility: Canada is a world leader on environmental responsibility in the development and use of natural resources (program activities include: Clean Energy and Ecosystem Risk Management); and, Safety, Security and Governance: natural resource and landmass knowledge strengthen the safety and security of Canadians and contribute to the effective governance of Canada (program activities include: Adapting to a Changing Climate and Hazard Risk Management and Natural Resource and Landmass Knowledge for Canadians).
NRCan's Arctic observations and information management products contribute to: promoting environmentally sustainable natural resource management and economic development; enhancing federal, northern territorial and indigenous community decision-making and economic, social and environmental development; enhancing scientific monitoring and research on local, regional, national and global environmental issues; and, co-operation among Arctic nations.
NRCan conducts Arctic observations in a large number of areas including: Cryosphere: permafrost (e.g., permafrost thermal state, active layer thickness), and glaciers (e.g., glacier mass balance [ice and water fluxes], glacier extent, form and flow, atmospheric pollution, palaeoenvironment [from ice cores]); Coastal (changes in physical shoreline response to changing sea ice, wave energy and changing sea levels, changes in landfast and bottomfast ice conditions and nearshore thermal regime, impacts of changing air and ground temperatures and ground ice on shoreline stability and sediment supply, evidence of changes in relative sea level, storminess, and sea ice interaction in the shore zone); Lithosphere (earthquakes); Biosphere (vegetation); and, Earth Observations (cryosphere, ice conditions, magnetic observations, radarsat calibration).
For over 50 years, NRCan's Polar Continental Shelf Project (PCSP) has been making it easier for hundreds of scientists from around the world. The PCSP coordinates support for, and offers expert advice to Canadian government and university scientists and independent, private sector and non-Canadian researchers working in isolated areas throughout the Canadian Arctic. Support includes: transportation (primarily small fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter support), communications, accommodation, field equipment and related services. Each year, Polar Shelf provides ground and air support services to approximately 150 scientific groups from more than 40 Canadian and international universities or government agencies. Scientific projects using PCSP's services cover every discipline, from archaeology to space science to zoology.
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