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TitleRegional geography of the eastern Canadian Arctic
AuthorBrown, T M; Bell, T; Forbes, D LORCID logo
SourceFrom science to policy in the eastern Canadian Arctic: an integrated regional impact study (IRIS) of climate change and modernization; by Bell, T (ed.); Brown, T (ed.); 2018 p. 27-51 Open
Access logo Open Access
LinksOnline - En ligne (complete volume - volume complet, pdf, 26.2 MB)
Alt SeriesNatural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20180175
PublisherArcticNet (Québec, Canada)
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
NTS15; 16; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 35M; 35N; 35O; 35P; 36; 37; 38; 39; 45; 46; 47; 48; 49; 55; 56; 57; 58; 59; 65A; 65H; 65I; 65P; 66A; 66H; 67D; 67E; 67H; 68; 69; 78; 79; 120; 340; 560
AreaEastern Arctic; Canadian Arctic
Lat/Long WENS-110.0000 -52.0000 84.0000 60.0000
Subjectsenvironmental geology; marine geology; Economics and Industry; Health and Safety; Society and Culture; economic geology; fossil fuels; general geology; Nature and Environment; environmental studies; environmental impacts; climate; ecosystems; physiography; marine organisms; benthos; resources; minerals; petroleum resources; oil; gas; coastal environment; marine environments; bedrock geology; sediments; ice; snow; permafrost; ground ice; vegetation; oceanography; currents; regional planning; governments; Fisheries; Geography; Demography; Indigenous peoples; Indigenous languages; Indigenous culture; Inuit; Climate change; Climate change impacts; Safety; Wildlife; Environmental protection; Protected areas; Marine conservation areas; Biology; Flora; Fish; Management
Illustrationsphotographs; location maps; histograms; sketch maps; tables
ProgramClimate Change Geoscience Coastal Infrastructure
Released2018 01 01
AbstractThe Qikiqtaaluk and Kivalliq regions are the two most populated regions in Nunavut, with over 29 000 people in 20 communities. These two regions are part of the Integrated Regional Impact Study (IRIS) 2 region, otherwise referred to as the Eastern Canadian Arctic. This region is characterized by few terrestrial and marine mammals and avian fauna relative to the species-rich benthic marine fauna. Low annual productivity is characteristic of most of the region, except for areas which tend to be ice free in the winter. The region is faced with many social and cultural challenges, which include inadequate housing, food insecurity, health and education issues, and efforts to support the retention of Inuit language and culture. The region is experiencing some of the most rapid warming in the Canadian Arctic, posing a serious threat for safety and well-being of Inuit and the wildlife upon which they depend. This chapter provides a description and overview of the IRIS 2 region and introduces many of the organizations that are responsible for protecting the region's people, culture, environment (land, air, water), and wildlife. These organizations, in collaboration with others, are involved in gathering traditional and scientific knowledge that will help the region adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

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