Resources

Resource Title/Description Resource Types Resource Subjects

Baffin Island Oil Spill Project (1980-1983)

The Baffin Island Oil Spill (BIOS) Project was established to sponsor multi-disciplinary oil spill field studies in Canada’s eastern Arctic. The aim of the Project was to determine the effects of chemical dispersants on the Arctic environment and to evaluate optional shoreline protective and clean-up processes and procedures. The BIOS studies were published in Arctic (1987) available on the Arctic Institute of North America’s Arctic Science and Technology Information System website.

Program/Project Oil Spill

Beaufort Environmental Monitoring Program (1983–1988)

The Beaufort Environmental Monitoring Program (BEMP) was established as a research and planning ancillary to Northern Oil and Gas Action Plan. The aim of the BEMP was to advance government preparedness for oil and gas development. The program assessed the potential environmental effects of oil and gas development in the Beaufort Sea. BEMP projects are available on the Arctic Institute of North America’s Arctic Science and Technology Information System Hydrocarbon Impacts website.

Program/Project Biota,Environment

Beaufort Region Environmental Assessment Monitoring Program (1990–1994)

The Beaufort Region Environmental Assessment Monitoring (BREAM) Program was established to provide the technical basis for a comprehensive environmental research and monitoring program for oil and gas activities in the Beaufort Sea. The Program combined and coordinated the efforts of the Beaufort Environmental Monitoring Program and the Mackenzie Environmental Monitoring Program and involved governments, industry, Northern Aboriginal and co-management organizations. Additional information is available on the Arctic Institute of North America’s Arctic Science and Technology Information System Hydrocarbon Impacts website.

Program/Project Biota,Environment

Beaufort Sea Integrated Ocean Management Plan (IOMP)

The Integrated Ocean Management Plan for the Beaufort Sea was developed in 2009 to formalize a common vision for the Beaufort Sea Large Ocean Management Area. The plan builds on the knowledge of initiatives such as the Beaufort Sea Strategic Regional Plan of Action (BSStRPA) and Inuvialuit Community Conservation Plans. It incorporates social, cultural economic and ecosystem values expressed by communities, and tackles issues related to onshore and offshore petroleum exploration. It represents an inclusive method of managing ocean resources and spaces, intended to facilitate effective ocean management. Access the Beaufort Sea Integrated Ocean Management Plan (1.76 MB, 74 Pages) or Visit the Beaufort Sea Partnership

Program/Project Environment,Ocean

Beaufort Sea Strategic Regional Plan of Action (2004–2008)

The Beaufort Sea Strategic Regional Plan of Action (BSStRPA) was jointly developed by parties representing a broad range of interests in the North, including governments, industry, the Inuvialuit and other Northerners. The aim of BSStRPA was to plan for and ensure a general state of preparedness to manage the potential outcome from induced oil and gas development in the Beaufort Sea from the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project. Information is available on the BSStRPA website.

Program/Project Assessment

From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate (2007)

Through a primarily regional approach, this assessment discusses current and future risks and opportunities that climate change presents to Canada, with a focus on human and managed systems. It is based on a critical analysis of existing knowledge, drawn from the published scientific and technical literature and from expert knowledge. The current state of understanding is presented, and key knowledge gaps are identified. The report includes a chapter on Northern Canada. Access PDF or web-based versions of the report.

Report Climate Change

Hydrocarbon Impacts Database

The Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS), hosted by Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary, maintains an extensive database of publications related to northern science and hydrocarbon impact that is regularly updated. References to over 70,000 documents can be found on the ASTIS website in either electronic or hard copy formats. The Hydrocarbon Impacts database is particularly relevant to oil and gas activities in the North. It was created for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in 2001 and currently describes over 6700 publications and research projects on the environmental impacts, socio-economic effects and regulation of hydrocarbon exploration, development and transportation in northern Canada. The database is freely available online from a bilingual website. Access the Hydrocarbon Impacts database or Access the ASTIS database

Database Biota,Climate Change,Environment,Ice,Ocean

Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum

The Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum is a bi-annual meeting with representation from government, industry, academia, Aboriginal groups and northerners from both Canada and the United States. The forum provides an opportunity for American and Canadian regulators, Aboriginal people, industry members, non-governmental organizations and scientists to discuss current scientific research and future directions for northern oil and gas activities. The focus is on technical, scientific, and engineering research that can be applied to support management and regulatory processes related to oil and gas exploration and development in the North. Visit the Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum website.

Conference Biota,Environment,Ice,Marine Mammals,Ocean

Petroleum and Environment Management Tool (PEMT)

The Petroleum and Environmental Management Tool (PEMT) was developed by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. The PEMT is a geo-referenced database that contains information on a number of environmental and socio-economic indicators. Access the Petroleum and Environmental Management Tool

Data/Database Biota,Environment

ArcticNet (2004 - ongoing)

ArcticNet is a network of Centres of Excellence in Canada hosting 150 researchers from 30 Canadian universities and 19 government agencies and departments. The Centres collaborate with Canadian Inuit and Northern organizations as well as liaise with a host of international research teams across Europe, Japan and the United States. ArcticNet is contributing to research on health, social and environmental issues while enhancing our understanding of Arctic ecosystems. ArcticNet research may be viewed on their website.

Program/Project Biota,Fish,Ice,Marine Mammals,Ocean

Polar Data Catalogue

The Polar Data Catalogue is a geo-referenced database that indexes, describes, and provides access to data and metadata from the Arctic and Antarctic on a range of topics including natural sciences, policy, health and social sciences. Access the Polar Data Catalogue

Data/Database Environment