People of the Ice Bridge: the future of the Pikialasorsuaq.
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Kalaallisut (West Greenlandic) name for the North Water polynya shared by Canada and Greenland. Polynyas are areas of open water that remain ice-free throughout the winter due to ocean and wind currents. They are incredibly rich, diverse areas teaming with marine life, in part as a result of the upwelling of nutrient-rich waters. The Pikialasorsuaq is the largest polynya in the Arctic and the most biologically productive region north of the Arctic Circle. This ecosystem has supported Inuit for millennia and is central to Inuit hunting and harvesting. Inuit on both the Canadian and Greenlandic sides of the Pikialasorsuaq have recognized the area as critical habitat for many migratory species upon which they depend for their food security as well as cultural and spiritual connections. In short, the health of the Pikialasorsuaq directly influences the health and well-being of Inuit communities in the Pikialasorsuaq region. The Pikialasorsuaq is seriously threatened by ra.....
Other Titleᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᖕᓂᕐᒥᐅᑦ: ᐱᑭᐊᓚᓱᖅᓱᐊᑉ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᖓ Sikukkut Ikaartut Kinguaave: Siunissamilu Pikialasorsuaq.
PublisherInuit Circumpolar Council Canada
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)16.3
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)N/A
Spatial CoverageArctic Region
CitationPikialasorsuaq Commission (2017) People of the Ice Bridge: the future of the Pilialasorsuaq. Ottawa, Canada, Inuit Circumpolar Council, 119pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-1693
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