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