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    Spatial mapping of water chemistry using the ChemYak

  • University of British Columbia
  • Cara Manning
  • Rm 2020 - 2207 Main Mall
  • Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4 Canada
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  • University of British Columbia
  • Cara Manning
  • Rm 2020 - 2207 Main Mall
  • Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4 Canada
  • 7783020926
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Project title: Spatial mapping of water chemistry using the ChemYak Who:Cara Manning (primary applicant) and Philippe Tortell from the University of British ColumbiaAnna Michel, David (Roo) Nicholson, and Scott Wankel, from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, USA Where:Activities will take place within and near Cambridge Bay, including Freshwater Creek, Grenier Lake, and the coastal ocean.When:Activities will occur during a 1- to 3-week period when Freshwater Creek near Cambridge Bay is beginning to flow, likely in June. We hope to conduct the research in 2018, however, we may postpone the work until 2019 and request that permits include both the 2018 and 2019 field seasons. What:The researchers will use the ChemYak, a kayak with a gasoline engine and scientific sensors installed to make measurements near Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The sensors measure chemicals including carbon dioxide and methane, as well as wind speed, atmospheric pressure, and location. The ChemYak enables real-time, continuous, large spatial scale measurements. The ChemYak can be deployed in shallow waters, near cliffs and ice without risk to humans, as it is controlled remotely, making it an ideal platform to utilize in the coastal Arctic. The ChemYak will be used to characterize the lake and river chemistry, and how these chemicals interact with the surrounding environment as the river water enters the ocean. The researchers will also collect water samples in glass and plastic bottles (less than 1 liter per site) for chemical measurements, in order to calibrate the sensors on the ChemYak. These water sampling activities fall within the activities permitted under NPC File 148508.Approximately three to four participants will be involved. All participants will arrive via commercial flights, and use ATVs and a small boat for transportation. No structures will be erected and waste generation will be negligible. Fuel spill kits will be carried. We are conducting the research in Cambridge Bay due to data collected by our group in 2017 which showed high concentrations of methane in the river and coastal ocean near Cambridge Bay during the freshet period in June where the river began to flow (NPC File 148508). In 2018 and/or 2019, we will use the ChemYak to obtain a larger dataset on chemical distributions during the freshet period.As done in the 2017 study, we will involve local college students and hunter/trapper organization members in the research study.Why:The data will be used to understand how coastal Arctic regions are being affected by, and responding to, climate change. Carbon dioxide and methane are greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, and more knowledge on current emissions of these gases, and how these emissions will change in the future, is needed in order to predict future atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases and future climate. Data/Reporting: All data will be freely accessible online. The study will result in a publication in a scientific journal and a plain-language summary of the resullts will be prepared for distribution to the local participants and other community members.

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  • Application screening started 2018-03-08
  • Commenting in progress 2018-03-13
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2018-03-13 16:17:20

NIRB 125288 / 18YN011: Notice of Screening and Comment Request for UBC's "Spatial Mapping of Water Chemistry using the ChemYak" Project Proposal

    Dear Parties:

    Please see the attached correspondence from the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB or Board) regarding University of British Columbia’s (UBC) “Spatial Mapping of Water Chemistry using the ChemYak" project proposal.

    NIRB File No.: 18YN011
    Project Name: Spatial Mapping of Water Chemistry using the ChemYak
    Project Proponent: University of British Columbia (UBC)
    Project Type: Research
    Location: Kitikmeot Region
    Comments Requested by: March 23, 2018

    The NIRB is copying parties potentially affected by this project and we invite interested persons to comment directly to the NIRB regarding:

     Whether the project proposal is likely to arouse significant public concern; and if so, why;
     Whether the project proposal is likely to cause significant adverse eco-systemic or socio-economic effects; and if so, why;
     Whether the project proposal is likely to cause significant adverse impacts on wildlife habitat or Inuit harvest activities; if so, why;
     Whether the project proposal is of a type where the potential adverse effects are highly predictable and mitigable with known technology, (please provide any recommended mitigation measures); and
     Any matter of importance to the Party related to the project proposal.

    You can submit comments to the NIRB by our on line public registry at or via e-mail at or via fax to 867-983-2594.

    All documents received and pertaining to this project proposal can be obtained from the NIRB’s online public registry at by using any of the following search criteria:
     Project Name: Spatial mapping of water chemistry using the ChemYak
     NIRB File No.: 18YN011
     Application No.: 125288

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    Nunavut Impact Review Board
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