Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC): Arctic Ice, Freshwater-Marine Coupling and Climate Change

Candidate: To be determined
Duration: October 1, 2018 – September 31, 2025


The Arctic is undergoing an unprecedented rate of climate change. The observed changes in ice (glacial ice, sea ice, and permafrost) and river runoff are increasing freshwater inputs into the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas and affecting commensurate physical, biological and geochemical processes.  These changes are ubiquitous throughout the system affecting all levels of ecosystem services, Inuit traditional use of marine areas, and global pressure to increase development in the Arctic.  Changes in the Arctic also affect processes at lower latitudes including connections to extreme weather, floods, droughts, and climate variability via the polar vortex, and global ocean circulation through export of freshwater to the deep-water convection areas of the north Atlantic.

Project Description

Our CERC program is built around the premise of integrating western science with Inuit/indigenous knowledge through direct input from Inuit knowledge holders, community-based monitoring programs (CMBs), extensive in situ field studies, and international sharing of field and laboratory logistics. The program will examine the influence of increasing freshwater fluxes to the Arctic ocean with a particular focus on the coupled Baffin Bay and Hudson Bay systems.

Website: Canada Excellence Research Chair program

Funding/Other Support

The chair program has a seven-year budget of $38M cash and >$470M in kind

For more information contact: Dr. David.Barber