Life Under the Ice

Latest update September 1, 2018 Started on September 1, 2018
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With ice melting in Canada’s Northwest Passage, the area will soon be a new route for international shipping. This will have potentially big impacts on the life there. We are studying the area and planning for this with local communities, government scientists, and managers. For one part of that work, we are going to document the marine life in the western Canadian Arctic, in particular the remote and mostly frozen Viscount Melville Sound. Let’s look under the ice!

September 1, 2018
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Increased shipping through Canada's Northwest Passage has begun and it will soon become a regular transit route for international shipping. The associated potential environmental problems are many, the most severe being fuel spills, introduced foreign species and pathogens, noise pollution, and ship-whale collisions. We are studying and planning for this - with local communities and government scientists/managers - including documenting marine life in the western Canadian Arctic and helping. We have been limited to the Southern Route of the Passage yet it is the Northern Route, from M'Clure Strait to Lancaster Sound, that will become the main shipping thoroughfare once melting ice allows. One particularly biologically rich area - the Viscount Melville Sound - is remote and mostly frozen. We will be documenting life under the ice through audio recordings and visually using a Remotely Operated Vehicle.

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Sounds like a great project! Do you plan on sharing some of the sounds you record? I'm curious about those and how can you identify species from the sound alone. Keep us posted!

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