Current research projects (2019-2023)
Acoustic monitoring for community empowerment at Clyde River, Nunavut
Location: Clyde River, Nunavut
The community of Clyde River has deep knowledge of the marine environment, a deep respect for the ocean and all that lives there, and a long history of protecting marine resources. The culture, language, food, and livelihoods in Clyde River depend on this environment. Kangiqtugaapingmiut have always had a great appreciation for the ocean. As the marine environment faces increasing changes and impacts from development, shipping, climate change, and more, the community has a great interest in monitoring the ocean and underwater noise. In this project, Clyde River seeks to start an acoustic monitoring program, to gain a baseline understanding of the ocean soundscape in order to track changes over time. Combined with Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, data from acoustic monitoring can provide the community and community leadership with important information and evidence to ensure that the environment stays healthy and flag when there are changes to be concerned about. This information will not only be important and useful to Clyde River, but to neighbouring communities in the region, researchers, and others. The new acoustic monitoring program will empower the community not only through its data and results, but also through training in new technology, access to new information, and ability to draw on evidence to support local engagement in environmental observation/assessment activities and decision-making.