2016 Arctic Survey

On July 22, 2016 the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent left the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to embark on a 47-day scientific survey in the Arctic Ocean. The survey ran from August 5 to September 18, 2016. The Louis S. St-Laurent was joined on the survey by the Swedish icebreaker Oden.

Expedition Blogs 2016 - written by Émilie Hébert-Houle (Teacher at Sea)

Video: Canada-Sweden Arctic Expedition 2016

The purpose of the 2016 Canada-Sweden Polar Expedition was to collect geophysical and bathymetric data, rock and sediment cores in support of delineating the outer limits of Canada's extended continental shelf. The data and information that were acquired will be used in Canada's submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, prepared in accordance with Article 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The Geological Survey of Canada (part of Natural Resources Canada) and the Canadian Hydrographic Service (part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada) led the mission. Swedish and Danish scientists also participated in the survey and collaborated with Canadian scientists on joint research activities aimed at enhancing our collective Arctic knowledge.

After the 2016 Canada-Sweden Polar Expedition ended, Canadian researchers aboard the Louis S. St-Laurent spent five days collecting geophysical and bathymetric data in the Canada Basin, in the western Arctic Ocean, as part of a collaborative survey with colleagues from the United States onboard the United States Coast Guard Cutter Healy.

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CCGS Louis S. St Laurent
CGCS Louis St-Laurent
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