Canada & Sweden cooperate on Arctic science

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



Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

Leave a Reply

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.
Netiquette »

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *