Sea Ice and Ecological Data of the Belcher Islands Archipelago

A long term research and monitoring program has been established in collaboration with the community of Sanikiluaq. Time lapse imaging is used to quantify sea ice extent and wildlife distribution/abundance at polynyas and floe edges. Aquadopp current loggers measure tidal current speed in these habitats. Underwater imaging is used to collect foraging data of diving Common Eider Ducks, and to record the distribution and abundance of benthic invertebrates. Inuit knowledge is collected to provide background and present day data on oceanographic and ecological conditions. Quantitative models are used to understand the role of changing environmental conditions on distribution, abundance and population dynamics. The Arctic Eider Society was established as a legacy of the program, to further develop community-based research, monitoring, and education programs addressing environmental change in Arctic sea ice ecosystems. More information can be found at:

Metadata Access
Creator Joel Heath
Publisher Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
Contributor The Arctic Eider Society
Publication Year 2014
Rights Limited
Language English
Discipline Environmental Research
Spatial Coverage (56N-57N,80W-79W)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2002-01-15T11:59:59Z
Temporal Coverage End 2011-04-15T11:59:59Z