Canada-Sweden Arctic Expedition 2016
On July 22, 2016, the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Louis S. St-Laurent left port in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to make its way to the Arctic Ocean to embark on a six-week scientific survey. The Louis S. St-Laurent was joined on the survey by the Swedish icebreaker Oden.
Director, UNCLOS Program, Natural Resources Canada
"My background is as a sea going oceanographer and to be able to go and work with a team after months and months of planning these cruises is a thrill."
Program Manager, UNCLOS Program, Natural Resources Canada
Learn about the discovery of an underwater sea mount, what makes someone want to voyage to the Arctic, and the biggest challenge about ship surveys.
Director (retired), UNCLOS Program, Natural Resources Canada
Learn about the UNCLOS process, defining Canada's continental shelf, and how Autonomous Underwater Vehicles mapped the seafloor under the thick Arctic ice.
Geophysicist, Natural Resources Canada
Learn about the super volcano that shaped the Alpha Ridge and the importance of this scientific research to Canada.
Geophysicist, Natural Resources Canada
Learn about working on an ice camp during the Alpha Ridge refraction study, the effects of Arctic weather, and the experience of building an igloo.
Marine Geoscience Technologist, Natural Resources Canada
Learn about what it is like aboard an ice breaker, the amazing collaborations needed to do the mapping, and unforgettable experiences such as seeing polar bears running alongside the ship.
Research Scientist Emeritus, Natural Resources Canada
Learn about the logistical challenges of mounting a research mission to the Arctic, including the effect of extreme cold on scientific instruments, and the importance of having the right ship and the right people for the job.
Chief Hydrographer on Canada’s UNCLOS mission, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
As the Chief Hydrographer for Canada’s UNCLOS mission, Paola Travaglini’s main job was to collect bathymetric data on the depth and shape of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.
Director of Hydrography and the Law of the Sea Program, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Chris Hemingway is a director at the Canadian Hydrographic Service, where one of his main duties is to head Canada’s submission to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Director General of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) and Hydrographer General of Canada
Denis Hains explains his role and the contribution of CHS’ partners in support of Canada’s submission for the Arctic Ocean to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Canada's Extended Continental Shelf Program
The Atlantic and Arctic Oceans are home to Canada’s largest continental shelves. For over a decade, researchers with Natural Resources Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada have been collaborating on a massive project to map this landmass.
Science at Work: Defining Canada’s Extended Continental Shelf - Video
Video from the 2014 Arctic Survey
Arriving at the North Pole - 2014 Arctic Survey (raw footage)
Setting up for the big hockey game (raw footage)
Playing hockey at the North Pole (raw footage)
Video from the 2009 Joint Canada-US Expedition
Seismic Surveying from the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent
Retrieving the CTD Rosette (raw footage)
Deploying the Sonobuoy (raw footage)
The CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent breaking the Arctic sea ice (raw footage)
The CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent and the USCGC Healy (raw footage)
Watching the from the bow of the ship as the Louis breaks the thick blue sea ice (raw footage)
Towing the seismic gear behind the ship (raw footage)
Beautiful Arctic vista from the ship, including a sun bow (raw footage)
Close up of ice breaking (raw footage)
3D Fly Through of the Ocean Floor
3-D fly through of the Arctic sea floor, created from seismic and bathymetric data
Animation of seismic surveying from a ship
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