2016 Arctic Survey

On July 22, 2016 the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Louis S. St-Laurent left port in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to make its way to the Arctic Ocean to embark on a six-week scientific survey that will run from 5 August – 20 September 2016.  The Louis S. St-Laurent will be joined on the survey by the Swedish icebreaker Oden.

The purpose of the 2016 Canada-Sweden Polar Expedition is to collect data in support of Canada’s extended continental shelf submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, prepared in accordance with 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) will lead the mission.  Swedish and Danish scientists will also participate in the survey and collaborate with Canadian scientists on joint research activities aimed at enhancing our collective Arctic knowledge.  

After the 2016 Canada-Sweden Polar Expedition ends, Canadian researchers aboard the Louis S. St-Laurent will go on to collect data in the Canada Basin, in the western Arctic Ocean, as part of a collaboration with colleagues from the United States.

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CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent    
CGCS Louis St-Laurent
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Photo credit: Jan-Ola Olofsson