How do people from different communities use sea ice? How is sea ice changing in different parts of the Arctic? How can different Arctic cultures share knowledge about the environment? How can GPS and GIS technology help Inuit compile their knowledge of the land into maps and databases for understanding environmental change? The community of Clyde River is active in researching these and other questions.
One of the goals of the newly-formed Clyde River Research Committee is to involve communities in the growing number of research projects focusing on the Arctic. Funds from the Government of Nunavut helped purchase a building in Clyde River to house a new community-based research center. In the next year the citizens of Clyde will decide on a name for their new center, begin to renovate the building and begin new research projects as well as continue current investigations.
One question the researchers and community members will ask is how can the people of Baffin Island adapt to climate change? The Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut and several communities on Baffin, including Clyde River, are working to improve community planning.
One goal expressed by some community members is to make Clyde River capable of being self-sufficient. Clyde River has strong winds and ocean currents that could be harnessed to provide energy.
The forward-looking attitude of the people of Clyde River has attracted the attention of groups outside of the community. Many outside research projects will be working with Clyde River especially during the International Polar Year.
The Global Warming 101 Expedition Team would like to thank the people of Clyde River for sharing their vision with us.