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Evolution of postglacial landscapes and hydrological gateways in the Foxe Basin - Nettilling Lake region (148543)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Dr. Reinhard PIENITZ
Company: Universite Laval
Schedule:
Start Date: 2017-08-27
End Date: 2017-09-02
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Climate warming in the Arctic is outpacing the rest of the planet, and the profound environmental change underway will amplify warming trends with global impacts. Understanding Arctic climate and landscape evolution is critical so that future changes can be predicted and used to guide sound policy decisions for northern communities and natural resources. The climate history of the Arctic is not well understood. Past climate data offer valuable insights on climate dynamics, but Arctic historical records are sparse and short. Lakes are abundant in northern landscapes and their sediments are sensitive archives of past environmental changes that provide compelling evidence for what a future, warmer world might look like. The proposed research program is the logical continuation of my studies completed in Nunavut over the past 23 years. It aims to place instrumental records into a longer-term perspective and fill long-standing knowledge gaps on climate and environmental change in one of the most inaccessible regions of Nunavut. Using many different indicators (microfossils) for the reconstructions of past temperature and other environmental variables, my research team will study the sediment records of lakes in areas surrounding the northern part of the Foxe Basin. We will analyse these sediment core data to allow for regional comparisons with ice core data from Baffin Island and Greenland. Surficial landforms will be mapped and dated to determine the position and timing of past glacier retreat and sea- and lake-levels. The insights gained from my research will improve our ability to forecast future changes and impacts due to climate warming and help Inuit communities to adapt to rapidly changing landscapes and environments.
Personnel:
Persons: 4
Days: 7
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
2434 polyline Igloolik, NU
2435 polyline Hall Beach, NU
2436 polyline Melville Peninsula, NU
2437 polyline Fury and Hecla Strait, NU
Planning Regions:
Qikiqtani
Kitikmeot
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NTI:
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Helicopter 1 206L The helicopter we will use on a daily basis will be chartered from Polar Continental Shelf Program.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Other 0 0 Gallons n/a
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
none 0 0 Liters none
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0 None- we will stay overnight in Igloolik- no water retrieval needed in the field! None- we will stay overnight in Igloolik- no water retrieval needed in the field!
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Our research team will be transported to and from Igloolik by regular flights from Montreal or Ottawa (First Air). A BELL 206L helicopter will be chartered from PCSP to explore the study area and to reach the appropriate study sites. A small inflatable boat (Zodiak; length = 1.5 m) with paddles will be used to take water (1 liter) and sediment samples from the lakes. NO outboard motor will be used for our sampling in the field. NO structure and NO camp will be erected, and the impacts of our lake sediment sampling on the environment will be minimal. The sediment and water samples represent a very small amount of material relative to the entire lake ecosystem. All our instruments are made of resistant and inert materials that neither decompose in water nor pollute the water. Our logistic base will be at the Igloolik Hotel. Activities in the field will be conducted in a way as to minimize any disturbance of the environment. Any wastes (papers for the drying/cleaning of instruments) will be collected and transported to appropriate places designated for the disposal of wastes in Igloolik.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Combustible wastes 1 small plastic bag filled with papers (cleaning tissue) None necessary the papers we use for the cleaning and drying of instruments will be collected in a plastic bag and disposed of in a garbage dump in Igloolik
Category: Application form attachment - Equipment
Recieved: 2017-04-11
Originator: Reinhard PIENITZ
Public Registry ID: 12414
Document Size: 77.69 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Equipment
Recieved: 2017-04-11
Originator: Reinhard PIENITZ
Public Registry ID: 12415
Document Size: 5.24 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-04-19
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 12445
Document Size: 719.56 Kb
Category: Application related document - Email Capture Attachment
Recieved: 2017-04-18
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 12442
Document Size: 368.56 Kb
Category: Application related document - Email Capture Attachment
Recieved: 2017-04-18
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 12443
Document Size: 238.6 Kb
2017-04-11 16:17:10, from: Reinhard PIENITZ
 Dear members of NRI, I would have liked to submit my application several weeks earlier. However, I had to wait for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada for the decision on the renewal of my main research grant (Discovery grant) for the continuation of my scientific work in Nunavut. Finally, I had serious problems filling this form because of compatibility problems between the internet providers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome) and the Microsoft Silverlight program. Best regards, and thank you for considering my NPC application, Reinhard Pienitz

2017-04-13 12:22:29, from: Peter Scholz
 Dr. Pienitz: if this is a continuation of an existing research program, please ensure you include all previous NIRB licenses and dates for any NPC conformities, if applicable. Also, your project description says Netelling Lake, but the research area you have identified is a thousand km from there.

2017-04-13 12:23:33, from: Peter Scholz
 Sorry you had difficulties with our system, but please be aware NPC does not require completion of the NSERC application before we can process land use applications.

KEEWATIN QUESTIONAIRE

GENERAL
Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
YES

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.
YES

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s2.4.15 and Appendix 2,s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.
YES

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.
YES

Low Level Air Flights:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?
YES

Caribou Protection Measures:
s2.4.6 and Appendix 3: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix 3?
YES

Caribou Water Crossings:
Will the applicant avoid, between May 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct s2.4.6 and map: any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified
YES

ARCHEOLOGY
Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s4.4.3 and Appendix 3, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Government of Nunavut?
YES

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Scientific Research:
s6.4.2: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
YES
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?
YES
Local Services and Local Employment:
s6.4.3: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
YES
Describe the services retained and people to be employed.
As done in past years, we will hire local residents as field guides which will usually be selected by the mayor/mayoress.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s6.4.4: Will the applicant communicate with communities in language that is clear, non-technical, in Inuktitut and English and communicate to the affected communities the results of all scientific res
YES

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s6.4.5: Has the applicant made all reasonable efforts to consult with the Nunavut Research Institute about research that would benefit or interest local residents?
YES
Describe the results of your consultation.
We will do this over the coming weeks as we are still in the early planning phase. We usually get in touch with staff at NRI in Iqaluit (Mosha Cote, Mosesie Kilabuk, Mary Ellen Thomas, Rick Armstrong) and inform in advance and contact local authorities in Igloolik. We will contact the mayor of Igloolik Lucassie Ivalu and the director of the Igloolik HTO (David Angutirjuaq) of our plans for the research and the fieldwork mission in August/September.

PARTICULAR AREAS
Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?
NO

Bird Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Mc Connell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary or, the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary
NO

Southern Southampton Island and Coats Island:
s3.4.5: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, in southern Southampton Island and Coats Island?
NO
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
YES
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?
NO

PARTICULAR ACTIVITIES



New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?
NO

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.
YES