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REFUGE-ARCTIC: Scientific coordinator
Québec city, Québec, Canada
Université Laval
  • Research Scientist
  • Administration

Following the official launch of REFUGE-ARCTIC last month, a program funded by the "Climate and Bioversity" initiative of the BNP Paribas Foundation, CNES, IPEV, Sentinel North, ArcticNet, the French Oceanographic Fleet/Amundsen Science initiative and part of Transforming Climate Action, I am looking for a scientific coordinator to help me coordinate this large scientific program.

The main tasks will be:

- Assist in the coordination and logistics, possibly participating in future Arctic missions to the "Last Icea Area" aboard the icebreaker CCGS Amundsen in 2023 and 2024 and two ice camps in Alert in 2024 and 2025.
- Assist in ensuring good project synergy and communication between participants and work packages.
- Assist in the writing of the next PPR call "Ocean and Climate” and reports.
- Assist in the management of the REFUGE-ARCTIC budget.
- Facilitate and coordinate scientific dissemination and consultation activities with communities.

The start of the contract is flexible and will cover a minimum period of 2 years. Do not hesitate to contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and please share it. See the project summary: The Arctic Ocean (AO) is a key component of Earth’s climate, acting as a coolant by contributing ~10% to the global oceanic carbon pump. Its remarkable capacity to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere comes from its cold waters that favour CO2 dissolution and its highly productive continental shelves that help sequester this carbon. Yet, the AO is warming at an unprecedented rate and the local and global consequences of its rapid evolution remain uncertain. Over the past 40 years, the AO sea ice extent has declined by 10-15% per decade, and multiyear ice (having survived at least one summer, usually exceeding 1.5 meters) has decreased by 70% over this period, undermining a whole ecosystem dependent on sea ice. The “Last Ice Area” (LIA), which is the last sanctuary of multiyear sea ice in the AO, is located north of Canada and Greenland. The LIA includes the Lincoln Sea, which hosts unique endemic sea ice-dependent ecosystems. The physical, chemical, and biological properties of the Lincoln Sea remain nearly undocumented. Organized as a large consortium (21 French laboratories with a strong Canadian, Danish and US collaboration), the REFUGE-ARCTIC project aims at improving our understanding of how global change influences ecosystems and biogeochemical cycling in the AO by focusing on this still emblematic refuge of climate change, the Lincoln Sea. This consortium will conduct a detailed spatial (i.e., pioneer oceanographic expedition) and temporal (i.e., sea ice camps, moorings and sedimentary archives) exploration of this poorly studied region. For the first time, sea ice, hydrography, biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and contaminants, and marine ecosystems will be observed simultaneously. This initiative, in addition to establishing a comprehensive baseline for conservation efforts, will allow us to study key processes related to past, present, and future climate-induced changes: e.g., increasing ocean-atmosphere exchange, decreasing sea-ice extent and thickness, increasing freshwater inputs from glacier and sea-ice melting, changes in water temperature, ocean acidification, trace element and contaminant distribution and transport. REFUGE-ARCTIC will strengthen the conservation of this fragile region by helping to i) create a permanent marine protected area supported by the Arctic Council, ii) pursue and establish new partnerships as a science informant for Inuit communities and stakeholders, and iii) amplify communication between scientists and the general public and younger generations on the importance, uniqueness, beauty and global role of these fascinating endangered environments with the support of artistic realizations, among others.


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