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Diaries from the field


We are six researchers from the CEARC Laboratory (Cultures, Environments, Arctic, Representations, Climate) which is located in France: Jean Paul Vanderlinden, Mateo Cordier, Charlotte da Cunha, Magali Vullierme, Alexandra Lavrillier and I (Natalia Doloisio). Part of the WP7- Natural Resources, Economy and Coastal Community Planning within Nunataryuk.

One of the key aims of this year’s expedition was sampling and ground-truthing the soils and streams of the coastal tundra plain that run through the landscape. Challenging working conditions and a full working schedule left us with little time or energy for writing a blog post while there. Hence a blog entry in retrospect.

Herschel Island - the team
Quvianaqtusi qaigapsi, Wilkommen, Welkom, Bienvenue, Välkommen, Bem vinda, Welcome to the 2018 Nunataryuk field campaign blog of the Qikiqtaruk (Herschel Island) and the Yukon Coast Expedition!
We are excited to share with you our first blog post from Inuvik.

We (Samuel and Niek) are very excited to give you some insights into our activities, preparations and research program this summer. In this first entry you will get an overview of the teams, research focuses and the many, many preparations that are needed for a successful field campaign. Enjoy reading!

As part of the Nunataryuk WP4 project “Coastal water satellite tracking of organic matter in the Mackenzie Delta in the context of climate change permafrost thaw”, our team conducted an ice-safety training in the largest (412 km2) teaching and research forest in the world, Forêt Montmorency, near Quebec City in Canada.

A couple of weeks ago the rebirth of our research vessel “Christine” allowed us to sail in the Herschel Basin (50-60 m water depth), southeast of the Island, to test the seismic imagery system.

Longyearbyen centre

Information and consultation meetings with local communities from the early stages of the project ensures stakeholder involvement, which is an important element of the NUNATARYUK research design.

Researchers from the three Work Packages working in Svalbard; WP5 - Health and Pollution (Arja Rautio), WP6 - Coastal Infrastructure (Arne Aalberg, based in Longyearbyen) and WP9 - Adaptation and Mitigation (Peter Schweitzer and Alexandra Meyer) visited Longyearbyen and Oslo in April and May to meet with local stakeholders.

As one of the teams involved in Nunataryuk's Work Package 2 that deals with the dynamics of Arctic coastal environments, our role is to conduct high resolution mapping to provide a snapshot of the present state of the coast and to assess on the rates of coastal change, especially after 2015. For this task, we use, both satellite imagery, as well as aerial photos collected at selected field sites with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's) or drones.

Herschel Island - In the field

Losing track of time and space, we only just realized that it has already been one week on Qikiqtaruk (Herschel Island). While flying in to the Island with the Twin Otter we must have crossed some kind of portal that made time even more relative than usual. The days are filled with so many accomplished tasks that celebrating them only lasts a minute before the next urgent task needs to be tackled.

Populations Change in the Arctic Settlements in 2000 - 2017

Ilulissat is situated in the Disko Bay area at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The Icefjord was included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. The population of Ilulissat was 4 555 as of 2017 (Greenland Statistics), and since 2001 the city has increased in size by about 200 people.

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