CCGS Amundsen

Université Laval, Québec, Québec
What the facility does

Research on the Canadian Arctic coast in the marine, terrestrial, health and social sciences fields

Area(s) of Expertise

The Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen has been a major catalyst in revitalizing Canadian Arctic science by providing Canadian researchers and their international collaborators with research infrastructure and scientific equipment that gives them unprecedented access to the Arctic Ocean and its ancillary seas. The ship’s facilities and sophisticated pool of equipment make it a unique and versatile research platform for scientists in the natural, health and social sciences along with their government and industry partners as well as partners from northern communities. By welcoming an impressive number of multinational teams and encouraging exchanges between different disciplines and sectors, Amundsen contributes to the development of new research projects aiming to increase our understanding of northern environments. In this way, Amundsen is building national and international research communities!

Please see the CCGS Amundsen website (visit www.amundsen.ulaval.ca) for a full list of laboratory, laboratories and oceanographic research and atmospheric research equipment.

Research Services
  • Coordination and organization of integrated polar expeditions
  • Ship time; funding for eligible organisations
  • Maintenance and availability of basic instruments in physical oceanography
  • Processing and distribution of basic oceanographic data
  • Laboratories and instrumentation in oceanography and other polar research:
    • geology
    • climate studies
    • oceanography
    • biogeochemistry
    • marine ecology
    • fisheries
    • benthic ecology
    • sea ice
    • atmospheric sciences
    • climatology
    • contaminants
    • terrestrial ecology
    • human health
    • epidemiology
Sectors of Application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Education
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Ocean industries
  • Policy and governance
  • Transportation

Specialized lab

Equipment

Function

 

Kongsberg EM304

Hull-mounted multibeam echosounder for sea floor and water column mapping

 

Hull ADCP (150 kHz)

Real-time mapping of the distribution of ocean currents

 

Knudsen K320R sub-bottom profiler

6 element, hull-mounted, sub-bottom profiler

 

Seabird Carousel CTD-Rosette systems (2)

Seawater sampling (fluorometer, transmissometer, pH, oxygen, PAR, nitrate sensor, current meter, conductivity, temperature, pressure, optical probe)

 

Remotely operated vehicle (ROV)

Submersible with 1,600-m diving depth capacity

 

Kongsberg HiPAP: Ultra Short Base Line

Remote positioning system

 

Brooke-Ocean MVP300

Moving vessel profiler provides high- resolution vertical sections of oceanographic conditions (conductivity, temperature, pressure, oxygen, fluorometer, transmissometer)

 

Kongsberg HUGIN 1000 AUV

Autonomous underwater vehicle enabling the geophysical and oceanographic study of ice‑covered Arctic seas (conductivity, temperature, pressure, fluorometer, multibeam ecosounder, side-scan ecosounder, sub-bottom profiler, photosynthetically active radiation sensor, nitrate sensor, oxygen, light backscatter sensor)

 

Simrad EK60 scientific echosounder

Echosounder for fisheries research

 

Internal moon pool

Deployment of CTD-Rosette, ROV and other equipment in ice-infested waters

 

0.7-m (Hydrobios) and 1.0-m (BIOness) multinet zooplankton samplers

Zooplankton sampling nets

 

Rectangular midwater trawl and experimental trawls

Sampling nets

 

10-m piston corers, box corers and a core splitter

Sea floor sampling equipment

 

A heavy-duty (500 hp) oceanographic winch and A-frame (10 tons)

Deployment of heavy instruments and& mooring arrays

 

Medium-duty (30-75 hp) oceanographic winches (4)

Heavy lifting equipment

 

Deck incubators (2)

Temperature-controlled incubators for incubation at arctic temperatures

 

Fully-equipped wet and dry laboratories

 

 

Temperature-controlled units

 

 

Microscopy and instrumentation rooms

 

RADVAN

Lab equipped and standardized for analysis using radioactive products

Lab dedicated to radioisotopic analyses 

PILMS

Class 100 cleanroom

Portable in-situ Laboratory for Mercury Speciation

PILMS

Ultra-pure water purification system

 

PILMS

Mercury analyzers

 

  • ArcticNet
  • the Government of Canada
  • the Institut national de santé publique du Québec
  • the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS France)
  • oil and gas companies
  • SOLAS Canada
  • Network on Climate and Aerosols (NETCARE)
  • Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
  • National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR)
  • The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
  • the Environmental Studies Research Fund (ESRF)
  • GEOTRACES: Circumpolar Flaw Lead (CFL) System Study
  • EU ATLAS Horizon 2020 Project Circumpolar Flaw Lead (CFL) System Study
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada (St. John’s, Newfoundland; Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO), Halifax, Nova Scotia; Freshwater Institute, Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE)

Title

URL

Government of Canada invests in top research labs, Canada Foundation for Innovation

https://www.innovation.ca/about/press-release/government-canada-invests-top-research-labs

Support for Arctic research, Le Fil, Université Laval

https://www.lefil.ulaval.ca/du-soutien-pour-la-recherche-dans-larctique/

Arctic research receives $32 million in funding over five years, Les affaires

https://www.lesaffaires.com/secteurs-d-activite/ressources-naturelles/la-recherche-dans-l-arctique-recoit-un-financement-de-32-millions--sur-cinq-ans/609618

Amundsen Science Mission: Icebreaking and Science Together, Le Soleil

https://www.lesoleil.com/actualites/mission-scientifique-sur-lamundsen-deglacage-et-science-reunis-7e3a2c52acca7c8218af2d6d80578861?fbclid=IwAR22JdPtSXVVe6LuNCb2m_Ck1N6adDFy4zsEx9R0vT5rFTZBosfTC0ThPIw

Calgary composer Vincent Ho's Juno-nominated composition inspired by environmental science, Inuit culture, Calgary Herald

https://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/music/calgary-composer-vincent-hos-juno-nominated-composition-inspired-by-environmental-science-inuit-culture

Measuring life under the ice of the St. Lawrence River, Le Monde

https://www.calameo.com/books/005736854cab303bc9546

International cooperation boosts Arctic marine research, European Commission

http://ec.europa.eu/research/infocentre/article_en.cfm?artid=49926

Following in the footsteps of the "Amundsen", the St. Lawrence laboratory boat, Le Devoir

https://www.ledevoir.com/societe/science/548247/sur-les-traces-de-l-amundsen-laboratoire-flottant-sur-le-saint-laurent

How we solved an Arctic mercury mystery, The Conversation

https://theconversation.com/how-we-solved-an-arctic-mercury-mystery-103963

Indigenous knowledge, research are key to protecting the Arctic, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2018/08/indigenous-knowledge-research-are-key-to-protecting-the-arctic.html

Governor General Heading to Canada’s Arctic for a Scientific Program on Board the CCGS Amundsen, The Governor General of Canada

https://www.gg.ca/en/media/news/2018/visit-canadas-arctic

Amundsen Real Time Data

https://data.amundsen.ulaval.ca/