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Co-chairs: Marcel Babin (Sentinel North, Université Laval)

Katja Fennel (Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) and Dalhousie University)


The Canadian Arctic and Subarctic remain vast, remote and harsh regions, inhabited by isolated communities that maintain a close relationship with their environment. Our current knowledge on the coupled human-environment system in these remote regions is based on extremely sparse and fragmentary data, generally collected with standard measuring instruments, thus providing incomplete insights into multifaceted problems.

An integrated view of the changes to northern ecosystems and their links to humans requires the ability to concurrently measure a wide array of critical variables in the least invasive fashion, in situ, across a large range of space and time scales, and with unprecedented precision.

Innovative technologies, novel practices and new multi-sectoral research collaborations offer unique opportunities to fill this gap. The development and deployment of low-cost, miniaturized, portable, robust, reliable, energy-efficient, highly sensitive, remotely accessible, and autonomous observing devices and sensors, deployed on various platforms, from microscopic probes to AUV, drones and satellites are needed to better detect, analyse, predict and respond to the multiple and rapid sources of environmental variability facing the arctic regions. 

In a context of accelerated climate change and socioeconomic development in arctic and subarctic regions, this session welcomes presentations from diverse fields of research that develop and deploy novel technologies to improve our knowledge of the changing marine and terrestrial northern environments and their impact on human beings and their health.

The session is hosted through a collaboration between Sentinel North at Université Laval and the Ocean Frontier Institute at Dalhousie University, both funded, in part, by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.