The Government of Canada is launching a new initiative to help fund Arctic research projects, including the work of the Arctic Research Centre.
The new funding, to be announced in November, will help fund projects that have a scientific or engineering value and will help improve the country’s capacity to develop new technology and improve its understanding of the planet’s ice and permafrost.
The Arctic Research Center will provide expertise in Arctic science and technologies, which will benefit Canadians living in remote areas.
The initiative comes amid a growing concern about climate change in Canada, and the need to preserve its pristine Arctic environment.
The Polar Research Fund, which was created in 2014, provides $5 million annually for projects that are “essential to the successful development of Arctic technologies and technologies that will contribute to national security, global security, economic prosperity, economic stability, and environmental sustainability.”
The money will be used to: • Build and develop Arctic research centres, which include the Polar Research Centre in Labrador and the Arctic-facing Arctic Research Station in Greenland • Enhance scientific knowledge of the world’s polar regions by developing Arctic and sub-arctic technologies • Support the development of a network of Arctic research institutions that will help Canada’s Arctic scientific and technological development, including in remote Arctic communities • Provide funding for Arctic environmental research, including mapping and monitoring of Arctic water resources, oceanographic studies, marine mammals, and Arctic ecosystems.
The government says that research has been done at the Polar-facing Ice and Ocean Research Facility in Greenland, the Polar Arctic Station in Labrador, the Arctic Ocean Research Centre at the Arctic Sea Research Centre and the Polar Ocean Research Station at the Antarctic Peninsula.
This funding is intended to help build up a Canadian research capability in the Arctic.
This new initiative will be in addition to existing funds to support Arctic research.
“The Polar Research Facility is a world-class facility that will continue to deliver cutting-edge research in areas such as oceanography, polar science, marine biology, ice and ocean sciences, and fisheries,” said Minister of the Environment Jim Carr in a statement.
“These investments will support Canada’s scientists and researchers and provide them with the necessary capabilities to better understand our Arctic environment and future.”
This new funding will also help the government create new Arctic Research Centers in the following areas: • Marine-Based Studies and Monitoring of the North Atlantic Ocean • Marine and Oceanographic Research and Assessment of the Gulf of St Lawrence • Arctic and Sub-Arctic Research • Oceanographic and Environmental Research in the North and East Arctic • Arctic Ocean and Arctic Studies • Arctic Science and Technology Centre • Arctic Research Network • Arctic Sea-Based Research Centre