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!

Research Services
  • 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
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Ocean industries
  • Transportation

Specialized lab




Kongsberg Multibeam EM302 ecosounder

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


150 KHz hull-mounted acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP)

Real-time cartography of the distribution of ocean currents


Knudsen K320R sub-bottom profiler

16 element, hull-mounted sub-bottom profiler


2 Seabird Carousel CTD-Rosette systems

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


Sub-Atlantic Super Mohawk remotely-operated vehicle (ROV)

Submersible with 1600m diving depth capacity


Simrad SX90

Fish-finding sonar


Brooke-Ocean MVP300

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


Kongsberg HUGIN 1000 autonomous underwater vehicle

Autonomous underwater vehicle enabling the geophysical and oceanographic study of Arctic ice‑covered seas (conductivity, temperature, pressure, fluorometer, multibeam ecosounder, side-scan ecosounder, subbottom 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 (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 & A-frame (10 tons)

Deployment of heavy instruments & mooring arrays


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

Heavy lifting equipment

Fully-equipped wet and dry laboratories, temperature-controlled units, and microscopy and instrumentation rooms





Lab dedicated to analyses using radioisotopes


Class 100 cleanroom, ultra-pure water purification system, mercury analyzers

Portable in-situ Laboratory for Mercury Speciation

Please see the CCGS Amundsen website ( for a full list of laboratories and oceanographic and atmospheric equipment



  • 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)
  • Circumpolar Flaw Lead (CFL) System Study