Investigating permafrost on the bottom of the Beaufort Sea (2017)

What do an icebreaker, an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), permafrost and seabed mapping have in common? They are all part of a scientific research program underway in the Beaufort Sea.


Geological Survey of Canada scientists Michelle Côté, Ned King and Mat Duchesne are investigating permafrost and gas hydrates in shallow Arctic shelf areas in the Beaufort Sea. They are trying to determine if this underwater layer of permafrost below the sea floor is being affected by climate change and are blogging about their research from the Korean icebreaker Araon between August 29 and September 13, 2017. Join Natural Resources Canada, the Korea Polar Research Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute as they explore the sea floor of the Beaufort.