Canadian Arctic GEMM Center

Sentinel North, a Université Laval research program, is conducting transdiciplinary research on the changing Canadian Arctic and its impact on humanity. Université Laval hosts several multi-institutional pan-Canadian organization networks. 

Sentinel North

Martin Fortier
Executive Director
Sentinel North


Polar Data Catalogue

The Polar Data Catalogue, as described in the ArcticNet Data Policy, is composed of databases of metadata and accessible archives of certain data sets compiled by the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network (CCIN).

Takuvik Joint Laval / CNRS Laboratory

To fully understand the impact of climate change and the anthropic pressure on the Arctic ecosystem, the Takuvik program is designed to study both ocean and land ecosystems as well as the interaction between the two components.

CCGS Amundsen

Amundsen Science is the organization responsible for the management of the scientific mandate of the research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. Mobilized for science in 2002 thanks to major grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and other partners, the Amundsen has been pivotal in revitalizing Canada’s research effort in the study of the changing Arctic Ocean. Every year, the research icebreaker accommodates hundreds of researchers, experts, and students participating in innovative and multidisciplinary programs addressing some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

SILA Met Stations & Monitoring Network

The general objective of the network is to characterize, quantify and evaluate environmental change in eight bioclimatic zones distributed across Northern Quebec and the eastern Canadian Arctic. The SILA Network comprises 100 automated stations acquiring data on a variety of environmental variables. The eight sites have been chosen based on the environmental issues of each of the bioclimatic zones.

CEN Research Stations

Centre for Northern Studies (CEN) Stations are distributed along a North-South transect, from the Boreal forest to the High Arctic. In each region, these experimental and instrumental sites represent a reference site for a wide variety of research programs.

Sentinel North

Funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the Sentinel North Strategy allows Université Laval to draw on over a half-century of northern and optics/photonics research to develop innovative new technology, train the next generation of transdisciplinary researchers and improve our understanding of the northern environment and its impact on human beings and their health.

Center for Northern Studies

The Centre d’études nordique (CEN)’s mission is to contribute to the sustainable development of northern regions by way of an improved understanding and prediction of environmental change. Our research focuses on northern ecosystems and geosystems, and is used to formulate adaptation strategies relevant to the North. In partnership with national and international collaborators as well as with government, industry and northern communities, CEN plays a pivotal role in environmental stewardship and development of the circumpolar North through its research on cold environments. CEN trains highly qualified specialists adept at dealing with the challenges brought about by rapid change in the dual context of climate warming and socio-economic change. CEN is devoted to knowledge exchange with communities, thereby contributing to education, training and the well-being of northerners.


ArcticNet is a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada that brings together scientists, engineers, and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies and the private sector to study the impacts of climate change in the Canadian North. Over 175 ArcticNet researchers from 33 Canadian universities, 8 federal and 11 provincial agencies and departments collaborate with research teams in Denmark, Finland, France, Greenland, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the USA.

Institut nordique du Québec

The INQ’s vision reflects its partners’ desire and determination to develop a sustainable North based on a foundation of knowledge. To integrate scientific knowledge with that of local communities, including Aboriginal knowledge, and partner with the public and private sectors to develop the Canadian Arctic and Northern Quebec for future generations, providing clean energy, healthy ecosystems, viable infrastructures, economic prosperity, vibrant cultures, and adapted education and healthcare systems.


Québec-Océan is a group of scientists and their partners involved in oceanographic research. More than 200 members from 6 Quebec universities, several ministries and non governemental organisms collaborate to develop oceanography, including student training and knowledge transfer.