Nunavut Sea Ice/Weather Forecasting

Banner Photo: Gita Ljubicic

Community-based Sea Ice and Weather Forecasting      

2007 – 2008

Funded by: Environment Canada, Northern Ecosystem Initiative Program

Photos: Gita Ljubicic and Mark Kapfer

Building on the Ice Through Inuit Eyes project in Cape Dorset, Igloolik, and Pangnirtung Nunavut, we wanted to explore community priorities related to community-based sea ice and weather forecasting. To do this we expanded our research team to include more experience with:

  • Inuit knowledge of sea ice research in Nunavik and Nunatsiavut communities (Chris Furgal)
  • Science assessment and integration (Darryl Piekarz);
  • Satellite imagery interpretation and Canadian ice services (Roger DeAbreu);
  • Satellite imagery interpretation and the Floe Edge Service (Tom Hirose).

Specific emphasis was placed on connections between Inuit and scientific knowledge to improve the capacity of northern communities – and Environment Canada – to monitor and predict weather/sea ice conditions based on locally important weather and ice indicators.  Through this project we were able to expand the Floe Edge Service to these three communities

In November 2007 we conducted information sessions and a research workshop in each community to introduce the Floe Edge Service.  Through these meetings we were able to gain more understanding and information about northern community priorities in the Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin) region related to weather forecasting and satellite imagery products.  The goal of this project is to enhance the user-friendly nature of forecasting products, and to expand Environment Canada’s capacity to deliver region-specific services to improve travel and land/sea ice use and safety for northern community members.

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Laidler, G. J., Hirose, T., Kapfer, M., Ikummaq, T., Joamie, E., and Elee, P.  2011. Evaluating the Floe Edge Service: How well can SAR imagery address Inuit community concerns around sea ice change and travel safety?  The Canadian Geographer, 55, 1: 91-107. (

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