Canada Starts Arctic Expedition

Canada has launched 2016 Arctic expedition to collect scientific information to support its submission on the extended continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean.

This year’s survey is a collaborative effort with Sweden, and Danish scientists will also participate in the research.

The Canadian icebreaker CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent left Dartmouth on July 22, 2016, for Tromsø, Norway, where it will take on board personnel from Natural Resources Canada’s Geological Survey of Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Canadian Hydrographic Service and Global Affairs Canada before embarking on a six-week expedition in the Arctic Ocean.

On the voyage between Canada and Norway, the Canadian Hydrographic Service carried out a seabed-mapping expedition under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance. This will be the fifth such expedition, which involves Canada, the European Union and the United States.

After the Canada-Sweden expedition ends, Canadian researchers aboard the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent will go on to collect data in the Canada Basin, in the western Arctic Ocean, as part of a collaboration with colleagues from the United States.

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