Community engagement in Ilulissat: Reflecting on the past six years of collaboration with locals

Close collaboration and co-production have been central to the methodological approach employed in our multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder driven permafrost project. 

Permafrost Days 2023 - local workshop in NWT Canada

The “Permafrost Days 2023” gathered together scientists with local stakeholders in NWT, Canada to discuss the relevance and applicability of scientific results in communities.

Catching the „Arctic Fever“

It is quite a while since we returned from our expedition, but every morning after waking up I still hope for a brief moment to be back there.

Devoured and retrieved from the ocean

Ice - while probably being one of the most vulnerable and worth protecting features in context of human induced climate warming, it sometimes can be a relentless enemy.

In collaboration with locals: ranking of risks related to permafrost degradation

Field work in Ilulissat, Greenland continues in close collaboration with the community.

Herschel welcomes the newbies with some rough conditions

The second leg of the expedition starts with the island flooded and wind gusts up to 65km/h. However, Grizzly and seal sightings make up for it!  

When the polar researchers celebrated the ice thaw in the Arctic

At the end of the 2nd week of the Yukon22 expedition, the team woke up to a new sound: waves rolling onto the shore!

The beginning of a surprising adventure in the land of the never setting sun

Recap of a surprising week of the Yukon22 expedition on Herschel Island (Qikiqtaruk) still locked in an icy embrace while the sun never sets.

PeCaBeau webinar on Thu 27 Jan 2022

Many of you know that the PeCaBeau (Permafrost Carbon on the Beaufort Shelf) project has a strong affiliation to Nunataryuk. An APECS-ARICE webinar on the project will air Jan 27, 2022.

Multidisciplinary field work in Ilulissat Greenland in September 2021

Multidisciplinary group of Nunataryuk researchers headed to Ilulissat Greenland in September to conduct the long waited field work.

PeCaBeau - The Beautiful Arctic

Our scientific work was actually already finished. And everyone just wanted to sleep. But then THE opportunity arose...

PeCaBeau - Station after station after station....

Sixteen hours of daylight. This was the beginning of our trip. We have now arrived at about nine hours.

PeCaBeau - First station completed

It took us seven days to reach our first station. We are interested in carbon, sediment and nutrient dynamics on the Beaufort Shelf. That’s why we needed to wait a bit until we finally went to where the Northwest Passage ends.

Steaming through the Northwest Passage and getting ready

Since 09 September we are at sea. A charter flight with about 35 crew members and the same number of scientists brought us from Québec City to Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.


It is not easy to tell you how many we are - I have not even tried to count. Since more than three years we work on this project and it will take even longer to work on all the data and samples we will bring back to our labs and offices and to our partners all over the world.

PeCaBeau! Let’s go.

After almost a 2-year hiatus from active research activities, our field campaigns are back on! This blog series will take you to the Canadian Arctic and onboard the CCGS Amundsen.

Fieldwork in February 2020 in Qaanaaq, Greenland

The 11th of February 2020, I arrived in Qaanaaq, the northernmost town in Greenland with 632 inhabitants. It was a few days before the sun returned on the sky after three months of Polar nights..

Water sampling from the creeks along the Dempster Highway

 At the end of the 4th Takuvik expedition to the Mackenzie Delta, Bennet Juhls (AWI) and I were asked by the Peel River team to repeat water sampling from the creeks along the Dempster Highway between Inuvik and Dawson City.