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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Polar Knowledge Canada
Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
Year-Round Research Station
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
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.
Call for proposals: Northern renewable energy and technology transfer ($1.5M) & Monitoring and Science Priorities ($2M)
Telephone, Satellite Phone, VHF, Internet, Computer, Printer/Scanner, Fax
ATVs, trucks, snowmobiles, access to 22km research vessel (Marty Bergmann), 18’ skiff
Permits required from the Government of Nunavut and other federal government agencies.
Special Rules and Regulations
Local External Resources
Nearest Medical Service
A fully equipped medical clinic in Cambridge Bay with 1 doctor and many trained nurses. Serious cases are medivaced to Yellowknife.
Compulsory equipment: first aid kit and staff training; local Inuit guide. Recommended safety equipment: firearm
The infrastructure for CHARS is anticipated to be completed in 2017 to coincide with Canada’s 150th anniversary.