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CCGS Amundsen research icebreaker
National leader in collaborative northern research CCGS Amundsen research icebreaker
Scientist on ice taking water sample
National leader in collaborative northern research Ward Hunt island, Nunavut
Indigenous collaborator
National leader in collaborative northern research Combining knowledge
Bylot island research station, Nunavut
National leader in collaborative northern research Bylot island research station, Nunavut
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National leader in collaborative northern research Ecosystem monitoring

The North and the Arctic at Université Laval

Learn how Université Laval’s interdisciplinary teams are working together with communities and a variety of partners to address key sustainable development and health issues in the North and the Arctic.

Our interdisciplinary research teams

More than 65 faculty members and their teams are at work on dozens of interdisciplinary projects in northern and Arctic research. Through national and international collaborations and partnerships, these researchers are studying a range of issues such as the impact of climate change on terrestrial and marine ecosystems, the degradation of the cryosphere, public health, food security, access to clean water, lifestyle changes, housing, sustainable development, adapted education, social justice, economics, and the promotion of cultures and languages.

Our major collaborative initiatives

Université Laval is home to some of Canada’s largest collaborative northern research initiatives, bringing together partners from the North and South in Québec, Canada, and internationally. The key players in these initiatives have built strategic alliances to develop major pan-Canadian and international research programs to address complex issues.

Taking water samples

State-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment

Université Laval hosts a vast pool of state-of-the-art research infrastructure and equipment, much of which is unique in the world. From a research icebreaker with ultra-modern equipment to a network of research stations extending to the far north of Canada (83°N) and socioeconomic circumpolar databases, our tools allow teams from around the world to push the boundaries of knowledge.

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An integrated look at over six years of convergence research

At Université Laval, Sentinel North has been on a journey of discovery and innovation, exploring the complex challenges of a changing North.

The compendium presents a selection of results from innovative projects and original publications from the research teams and their collaborators. It also stands as a testament to a research community committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and the pursuit of innovative solutions.

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Perspectives on northern and Arctic research

Université Laval is home to a variety of research chairs, centres, and institutes that address a wide range of northern issues. Browse the list of our research units to learn more.

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Northern research: A top priority

Climate change, industrialization, and modernization are leading to rapid and unprecedented transformations in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. Université Laval thus has made understanding these changes a top priority by making it one of the nine major cross-disciplinary action areas in its 2022–2027 Research and Innovation Development Plan.

Photo credit: Elie Dumas-Lefebvre, Denis Sarrazin, Keith Lévesque, Martin Fortier, René Richard, Pierre Coupel, Samuel Gagnon, Isabelle Dubois, Sarah Schembri