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Ice tethered observatory deployed

With the help of locals, scientists have deployed an ice tethered observatory near Qikiqtarjuaq.

Scientist Julek Chawarski, from Memorial University of Newfoundland, visited the community to deploy the device last month. It is being used to collect data on the movement of fish and plankton under the ice.

Pedro de la Torre, on the left, Johnny Kooneeliusie, and Julek Chawarski stand near the Ice Tethered Obseravatory on the south side of Broughton Island. photo courtesy of Julek Chawarski.

The sensors also measure sea-ice thickness and temperature as well as light penetration. The long term goal is to collect ecological data for research, said Chawarski. Besides the opportunity to discuss science with the community, the ArcticFISH project has also been able to hire locals.

"I would like to see this work in Qikiqtarjuaq build capacity for more young people to participate in science and science jobs," said Chawarski.

Funding is available for another year of deployment in 2021.