Canada & Sweden cooperate on Arctic science

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The science agreement between Canada and Sweden announced on Friday follows the Memorandum of Understanding on Science and Technology Cooperation signed between Canada and Sweden in 2010. (iStock)
The science agreement between Canada and Sweden announced on Friday follows the Memorandum of Understanding on Science and Technology Cooperation signed between Canada and Sweden in 2010. (iStock)
Canada announced an Arctic science cooperation agreement with Sweden on Friday with a focus on marine surveying and oceans.

The five year agreement between Natural Resources Canada and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat was announced in Stockholm by Canada’s minister of science Kristy Duncan.

“Understanding the Arctic matters more now than ever because of global challenges such as climate change,” Duncan said in a news release.

“Collaboration with Sweden will help Canada’s scientists collect data to better understand northern ecosystems, which in turn will help us develop more effective evidence-based policies to protect our polar regions.”

Continental shelf claim

Gathering data for Canada’s extended continental shelf submission for the Arctic Ocean is one of the areas that have been identified as a future area of cooperation between Canada and Sweden.

“Marine geoscience research is crucial to enhancing our understanding of the Arctic,” said James Gordon Carr, Canada’s minister of Natural Resources.

“Our government is committed to making decisions based on science, facts and evidence, and I look forward to the results of this collaboration between our two countries as we continue to advance the scientific work to acquire the necessary data to determine the limits of Canada’s extended continental shelf.”

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Canada to collect more data for continental shelf claim, Eye on the Arctic

Denmark: Denmark claims North Pole, Barents Observer

Iceland:  Revisualizing the Cryosphere, Blog by Mia Bennett

Russia:  Application for Russia’s Arctic shelf claim out on tender, Barents Observer

Sweden:  Swedish ships mapped at bottom of sea, Radio Sweden

United States:  U.S. to collect Arctic data for modern navigational charts, Alaska Dispatch News

 

 

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic circumpolar news project. At Eye on the Arctic, Eilís has produced documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar world. Her documentary Bridging the Divide was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards. Eilís began reporting on the North in 2001. Her work as a reporter in Canada and the United States, and as TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China" has taken her to some of the world’s coldest regions including the Tibetan mountains, Greenland and Alaska; along with the Arctic regions of Canada, Russia, Norway and Iceland.

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