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A new national marine research base on the shores of Hudson Bay

The Ocean-Sea Ice Mesocosm (OSIM) Facility

The OSIM facility consists of two outdoor pools (30 ft by 30 ft by 10 ft deep, each) designed to simultaneously accommodate contaminated and controlled experiments on various scenarios for marine and freshwater environments. The facility draws water directly from the Churchill estuary, with the option of pumping sea water or freshwater into the tanks. The facility can accommodate the studies on the detection, fate, and modeling and response techniques for crude oil and other transport related contaminants in ice-covered waters, as well as studies on geophysical and biogeochemical processes across the ocean-sea ice-atmosphere interface and on freshwater-marine coupling.

 

The facility has multiple lab spaces, including a chemistry lab, a physics lab, and an atmospheric lab. The facility also has a multipurpose meeting room and a data acquisition room. The facility is equipped with an extensive collection of scientific equipment, including:

  • remote sensing instrumentation (scatterometers, LiDARs, SEMI and EMI systems, etc.);
  • meteorological instrumentation (wind LiDAR, profiling microwave radiometer, a meteorological station, etc.);
  • atmospheric chemistry instrumentation (O3, NOX, SOX, mercury, PAHs, black carbon, aerosols, etc.); and
  • oil chemical analytical instrumentation (GC-MS, PTR-TOF-MS, etc.).

 

The facility also houses several logistical resources, including pick-up trucks, boats, and snow machines to support science projects in and around the Churchill region.

 

For more information or to inquire about rates and availability, please contact:

 

OSIM Chief Scientist: Dr. Feiyue Wang

Contact: feiyue.wang@umanitoba.ca

 

Project Coordinator: Heather Stark

Contact: heather.stark@umanitoba.ca,

Ph: 204-480-1061

The Environmental Observing (EO) System

The Environmental Observing (EO) System serves as a monitoring system along the main shipping lane to and from the Port of Churchill. The EO system is used to assist in gathering data in support of increasing our baseline knowledge of general oceanography (including physical, chemical, and biological properties in the marine environment).

The EO system is comprised of:

  1. Research Vessel William Kennedy (see vessel page for more details)
  2. One cabled oceanographic mooring in the Churchill Estuary
  3. Four oceanographic moorings distributed along the main shipping channel across Hudson Bay and Strait

 

The oceanographic moorings consist of:

  • electronic sensors (for temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll fluorescence, colour dissolved organic matter, underwater light, and pH),
  • lower power acoustics similar in power to depth sounds used on small boats (for water velocity and backscatter from zooplankton and fish),
  • hydrophones (to listen for marine mammals and ship noise),
  • and sequential sediment traps (to measure export of planktonic organic matter from the surface ocean).

 

EO Chief Scientist: Dr. CJ Mundy

Contact: cj.mundy@umanitoba.ca

 

Project Coordinator: Heather Stark

Contact: heather.stark@umanitoba.ca,

Ph: 204-480-1061

Research Vessel (RV) William Kennedy

The RV William Kennedy is operated in partnership with the Arctic Research Foundation. The vessel is Canada’s first research vessel dedicated exclusively to the typically understudied region of Hudson Bay. The vessel is capable of operating during the summer months in Hudson Bay (July-October).

The RV William Kennedy measures 65 feet (19.8 m) in length, 28 feet (8.5 m) wide, and has a draft of 9 feet (3 m). The vessel has a suite of operational equipment, including electric winches, a marine crane, an A-frame, and 2 small tenders.

The vessel has 428 square feet of laboratory space with acid resistant bench tops and a Microzone polypropylene fume hood and 1768 square feet of usable outside deck space. The oceanographic and biological equipment includes:

  • a Sea-Bird 12-5L bottle Rosette system with attached DO, CTD, nitrogen, and PAR sensors.
  • a Sea-Bird SeaCAT thermosalinograph flow through system
  • sediment grabs (a GOMEX box corer, and a 0.75 m gravity corer)
  • plankton nets and benthic and pelagic trawls

 

For more information or to inquire about rates and availability, please contact:
 

EO Chief Scientist: Dr. CJ Mundy

Contact: cj.mundy@umanitoba.ca

 

Project Coordinator: Heather Stark

Contact: heather.stark@umanitoba.ca, Ph: 204-480-1061

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Scientific Director: Dr. David Barber

Director

Governance

The CMO is governed by a Board of Directors which is responsible for managing and supervising the activities and affairs of the CMO. A majority of the Board members are senior officials from participating institutions, government, industry, non-governmental organizations, and not-for-profit organizations.

Board Co-Chairs: Dr. Gary Stern, University of Manitoba and Mr. Adrian Schimnowski, CEO of Arctic Research Foundation

 

The CMO is also managed by two-sub committees that report directly to the Board:

  1. Ocean Sea Ice Mesocosm Research Management Committee (OSIM-RMC): manages the research programs and ensures the ongoing assessment of all projects, in order to provide recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding research priorities and budget allocations
  2. Environmental Observing system & Research Vessel Committee (EO & RVC): manages the research programs aboard the RV William Kennedy and provides recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding vessel maintenance, science usage, and budget allocations.