Canadian High Arctic Research Station

On June 1 2015 the Government of Canada established Polar Knowledge Canada, a federal research organization that focuses on advancing Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic and strengthening Canadian leadership in polar science and technology. The new organization comprises a pan-northern science and technology research program; and a polar knowledge management and mobilization function. The Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS), a world class research facility in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, will be operational in 2017. The Station will provide a suite of services for northern S&T, including technology development and knowledge sharing centres and laboratories that will complement smaller facilities.

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Rendering of CHARS facility. © Francis Tousignant / FGMDA

Name Email Phone Number
Primary Contact Dwayne Beattie dwayne.beattie@polar.gc.ca  (613) 295-0485

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Owner
Polar Knowledge Canada

Membership
Regular Member

Website
www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/index.html

Latitude
69.1172

Longitude
-105.0531

Location
Cambridge Bay

Nearest Community
Cambridge Bay

Territory/ Province
Nunavut

Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
N/A

Facility Type
Year-Round Research Station

Research Hinterland
Lake, Large River, Polar Desert, Shrub Tundra, Wetland

Main Research Disciplines
Anthropology, Archaeology, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Climatology, Environmental Sciences, Geology and Sedimentology, Geocryology, Human Biology/Wellness, Hydrology, Isotopic Chemistry, Limnology, Mapping/GIS, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Oceanography, Paleoecology, Paleolimnology, Sociology, Soil Science, Terrestrial Biology/Ecology, Traditional/Aboriginal Knowledge

Research History
In May 2014, the phase-in of the CHARS Science & Technology Program (S&T) began with the first field season near Cambridge Bay, NU. The CHARS’ pan-northern S&T program launched a Call for Proposals (CfPs) on December 5, 2015. This CfP initiated elements of the CHARS pan-northern S&T Program by requesting proposals that will strengthen monitoring in northern Canada and fill research gaps in northern regions of significant resource development. Funding will be allocated starting in June 2015.

Current Projects
Call for proposals: Northern renewable energy and technology transfer ($1.5M) & Monitoring and Science Priorities ($2M)

Power
N/A

Communications
Telephone, Satellite Phone, VHF, Internet, Computer, Printer/Scanner, Fax

Local Transportation
ATVs, trucks, snowmobiles, access to 22km research vessel (Marty Bergmann), 18’ skiff

Equipment Storage
Floorplans: www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/constructingstation/index.html

Dormitory/Sleeping Facilities
Floorplans: www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/constructingstation/index.html

Dining/Kitchen Facilities
Floorplans: www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/constructingstation/index.html

Laboratory Facilities
Floorplans: www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/constructingstation/index.html

Fuel Availability
N/A

Research Requirements
Permits required from the Government of Nunavut and other federal government agencies.

Special Rules and Regulations
N/A

Local External Resources
N/A

Nearest Medical Service
A fully equipped medical clinic in Cambridge Bay with 1 doctor and many trained nurses. Serious cases are medivaced to Yellowknife.

Safety Considerations
Compulsory equipment: first aid kit and staff training; local Inuit guide. Recommended safety equipment: firearm

Cost
N/A

Other Information
The infrastructure for CHARS is anticipated to be completed in 2017 to coincide with Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Last Updated
2016-03-30

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Rendering of CHARS facility. © Francis Tousignant / FGMDA

Rendering of CHARS facility. © Francis Tousignant / FGMDA