Centre for Earth Observation Science
CEOS research is multidisciplinary and collaborative, seeking to improve our understanding of the complex inter-relationships between Earth systems, and how they will likely respond to climate change.
The centre manages on-and-off campus research facilities with world-class research tools using the latest technology.
Areas of existing research activity are divided among key themes:
- Arctic Anthropology/Paleoclimatology: LiDAR scanning and digital site preservation, archaeo-geophysics, permafrost degredation, lithic morphometrics, zooarchaeology, proxy studies, paleodistribution of sea ice, landscape learning, Paleo-Eskimo culture, Thule Inuit culture, ethnographic analogy, traditional knowledge, climate change and northern heritage resource management
- Atmospheric Studies/Meteorology: Boundary layer, precipitation, clouds, storms and extreme weather, circulation, eddy correlations, polar vortex, climate, teleconnections, geophysical fluid dynamics, flux and energy budgets, ocean-sea ice-atmosphere interface, radiative transfer, ice albedo feedback, cloud radiative forcing, pCO2
- Biogeochemistry: Organic carbon, greenhouse gases, bubbles, Ikaite, carbonate chemistry, CO2 fluxes, mercury and other trace metals, minerals, hydrocarbons, brine processes, otolith microchemistry, sediments, biomarkers
- Contaminants: Mercury, trace metals, PAHs, source, transport, transformation, pathways, bioaccumulations, marine ecosystems, marine chemistry
- Earth Observation Science: Active and passive microwave, LiDAR, EM induction, spatial-temporal analysis, forward and inverse scattering models, complex permittivity, ocean colour, ocean surface roughness, NIR, TIR, satellite telemetry, GPS
- Ice-Associated Biology: Biophysical processes, primary production; ice algae, ice microbiology, bio-optics, under-ice phytoplankton
- Inland Lakes and Waters: Hydrologic connectivity, watershed systems, sediment transport, nutrient transport, contaminants, landscape processes, remote sensing, freshwater-marine coupling
- Marine Mammals: Seals, whales, habitat, conservation, satellite telemetry, distribution, population studies, prey behaviour, bioacoustics
- Modelling: Simulation of sea ice and oceanic regional processes, Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean (NEMO), ice-ocean modelling and interactions, hind cast simulations and projections for sea ice state and ocean variables based on CMIP5 scenarios and MIROC5 forcing, validation
- Oceanography: Circulation, temperature, in-flow and out-flow shelves, water dynamics, microturbulence, Beaufort Gyre, eddy correlations
- Sea Ice Geophysics:Thermodynamic and dynamic processes, extreme ice features and hazards, snow, ridges, polynyas
- Traditional and Local Knowledge: Indigenous cultures, Inuit, Inuvialuit, oral history, toponomy, mobility and settlement, hunting, food security, sea ice use, community-based research, community-based monitoring, two ways of knowing
Projects and partnerships
BaySys is a 4-year $15M comprehensive study led by CEOS and Manitoba Hydro. The BaySys Program contributes a scientific basis to understand the relative contributions of climate change and regulation on the Hudson Bay system. The role of freshwater in Hudson Bay is investigated through field-based experimentation coupled with climatic-hydrological-oceanographic -biogeochemical modeling.
The Manitoba Great Lakes Program (MBGL) is led by CEOS researchers is comprised of a series of sub-projects, engaging researchers from a variety of disciplines to work on specific questions. Collaboration from all disciplines is invited. For Manitoba, an abundance of clean, reliable freshwater is the center piece of the province’s economic and social infrastructure. From clean drinking water and agricultural irrigation to hydroelectric power and recreational activities, the very identity of Manitoba is built upon its freshwater supply.
The overarching vision for the Baffin Bay Observing System (BBOS) is to develop an integrated Baffin Bay environmental observation system that will enable sustained year-round, near real-time observation of the atmosphere, ice, coast and ocean of northern Baffin Bay, with a special focus on freshwater-marine coupling in a changing climate.
Narwhals and belugas are highly vocal species that emit calls to communicate and to navigate in their environment. The Beluga/Narwhal Bioacoustics Project uses passive acoustic methods to record the calls of narwhals and belugas and monitor their presence as well as their behaviour.
Research at the Centre for Earth Observation Science is led by some of the world's foremost thought leaders in climate and environmental science.
Professor, Geological Sciences, Centre for Earth Observation Science
Professor, Geological Sciences, Centre for Earth Observation Science
Professor, Centre for Earth Observation Science.
Facilities and labs
The Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO) is a unique, highly innovative and multidisciplinary research facility located in Churchill, Manitoba, adjacent to Canada’s only Arctic deep-water port. The CMO is dedicated to studies on the detection, impact and mitigation of spills of oil and related contaminants in sea ice-covered waters, as well as extreme weather, climate change, and fresh-water marine coupling studies.
The Sea-Ice Environmental Research Facility (SERF) is the first experimental sea-ice facility in Canada. Located on the campus of the University of Manitoba, the main feature of the SERF facility is an outdoor seawater pool (60 feet long, 30 feet wide and 8 feet deep). It is equipped with a movable roof to control snow cover and ice growth, and various sensors and instruments to allow real-time monitoring. Along with the main pool, the facility has two oil research tubs. The SERF facility also includes a trailer laboratory and a storage building.
The Ultra Clean Trace Elements Laboratory (UCTEL) is designed for the study of environmental chemistry and biogeochemistry of contaminants, especially in the Arctic marine environment. Research is carried out at both the molecular scale to probe the fundamental chemical mechanisms, and the regional to global scales to address the interplay between chemical contamination and climate change. Major research activities include biogeochemistry of mercury and other trace elements, Arctic marine cryospheric chemistry; and the interplay between chemical contamination and climate change.
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Crawford, A. D., K. E. Alley, A. M. Cooke, and M. C. Serreze, 2020:
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Desmond, D. S., Crabeck, O. Lemes, M., Harasyn, M. L., Mansoori, A., Saltymakova, D., Fuller, M. C., Rysgaard, S., Barber, D. G., Isleifson, D., Stern, G. A., “Investigation into the Geometry and Distribution of Oil Inclusions in Sea Ice using non-destructive X-ray Microtomography and its Implications for Remote Sensing and Mitigation Potential,” submitted to Marine Pollution Environment, June 2020.
Desmond, D. S., Neusitzer, T. D., Firoozy, N., Isleifson, D., Barber, D. G., Stern, G. A., “Examining the Physical Processes of Corn Oil (Medium Crude Oil Surrogate) in Sea Ice and its Resultant Effect on Complex Permittivity and Normalized Radar Cross-Section,” Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 142, pp. 484-493, 2019.
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Harasyn, M. L., Isleifson, D., Barber, D. G., “The Influence of Surface Sediment Concentration on Observed Passive Microwave Brightness Temperatures of First Year Sea Ice,” Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 45, no. 3-4, pp. 333-349, June 2019.
Harasyn, M.L., D. Isleifson, W. Chan, & D.G. Barber (2020). Multi-scale observations of the co-evolution of sea ice thermophysical properties and microwave brightness temperatures during the summer melt period in Hudson Bay, Elemental: Science of the Anthropocene, 8(1): doi: 10.1525/elementa.412
Hell, M. C., S. T. Gille, B. D. Cornuelle, A. J. Miller, P. D. Bromirski, and A. D. Crawford, 2020: Estimating Southern Ocean Storm Positions With Seismic Observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 125, 327, doi:10.1029/2019JC015898
Hong, W., Fox, N., Cooke, D.R., Zhang, L., Fayek, M., 2020. B- and O-isotopic compositions of tourmalines constrain late-stage magmatic volatile exsolution in tin-related granite systems. Mineral. Deposit., v. 53, p. 63-78.
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Hu Y.-B. and Wang F. 2020. Effect of ikaite precipitation on phosphate removal in sea ice. Polar Res. 39, 3413 Huang J., Kang S.C., Yin R.S., Lin M., Guo J.M., Ram K., Li C.L., Sharma C., Tripathee L., Sun S.W., and Wang F. 2020. Decoupling natural and anthropogenic mercury and lead transport from South Asia to the Himalayas. Environ. Sci. Technol. 54, 5429-5436.
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Kirillov, S., D.G. Babb, I. Dmitrenko, J. Landy, J. Ehn, K. Sydor, D.G. Barber, & J. Stroeve (2020). Atmospheric forcing drives the winter sea ice thickness asymmetry of Hudson Bay, Journal of Geophysical (Oceans), 125(2), doi: 10.1029/2019JC015756
Kruk, R., Fuller, M. C., Komarov, A. S., Isleifson, D., Jeffrey, I., “Proof of Concept for Sea Ice Stage of Development Classification Using Deep Learning,” Remote Sensing 12, no. 15, 2020.
Landy JC, Petty AA, Tsamados M, Stroeve JC. Sea ice roughness overlooked as a key source of uncertainty in CryoSat‐2 ice freeboard retrievals Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans May 2020
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Makvandia, S., Huang, X., Beaudoin, G., Quirt, D., Ledru, P., Fayek, M., 2020. Trace element signatures in hematite and goethite from Kiggavik-Andrew Lake structural trend uranium deposits and prospects (Nunavut, Canada). Mineral. Deposit., in press.
Mallett RDC, Lawrence IR, Stroeve JC, Landy JC, Tsamados M. Brief communication: Conventional assumptions involving the speed of radar waves in snow introduce systematic underestimates to sea ice thickness and seasonal growth rate estimates CRYOSPHERE 14(1):251-260 27 Jan 2020
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Medeghini, L., Fayek, M., Mignardi, S., Coletti, F., Contino, A., De Vito, C., 2020. A provenance study of Roman lead-glazed ceramics using lead isotopes and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). Microchem. J., v. 154, article: 104519.
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Prosser, R.S., Hoekstra, P.F., Gene, S., Truman, C., White, M. and Hanson, M.L. 2020. A review of the effectiveness of vegetated buffers to mitigate pesticide and nutrient transport into surface waters from agricultural areas. Journal of Environmental Management. 261:110210.
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