Paysage de Kuujjuarapik par Sophiane Béland

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Our popular MOOC | Northern Quebec: Issues, Spaces and Cultures will be offered this fall in its English version. You can register by following this link. This free, online training will begin on October 4 and end on November 28, 2021. We estimate that you will have to spend about 4 hours per week to successfully complete the course and obtain a certificate of success from Université Laval.

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Réseau Québec Maritime (RQM),  the Government of Québec's Centre d'expertise en gestion des risques d'incidents maritimes (CEGRIM) and Institut nordique du Québec (INQ), are joining forces to launch a joint call for projects for INQ and RQM members to improve the preparedness of Nunavik communities in the event of a marine incident.

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Water does not only flow in lakes and rivers. It also circulates under our feet, in aquifers, made up of fractured rock or porous granular sediments. It is from these aquifers that 25% of Quebec's drinking water is drawn. Ten years ago, however, there was a great lack of knowledge about the quantity and quality of groundwater.

Upcoming Events

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Climate change and mercury are two of the greatest threats to Arctic marine predators like narwhals and beluga. Not only do these stressors exert individual impacts, but they also interact to cause often unpredictable consequences. Long-term datasets and access to relevant biological tissues and associated biomarkers are rare in Arctic species and thus hinder our understanding of stressor effects. In this webinar I will discuss the use of narwhal tusk and beluga teeth as unique and valuable archives of historical data on mercury and climate change.
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Webinar presented by Louis César Pasquier, Associate Professor, Environmental Technologies Laboratory, INRS-ETE
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The Arctic is warming much faster than the rest of the planet. This warming can be amplified or attenuated by natural climate variability. However, the sparse meteorological and instrumental data in the Arctic, when available, do not extend beyond the last 50 years. This reality prevents an adequate understanding of the climate system in this highly vulnerable region. To overcome this lack, we use annually laminated sediments (varves) at the bottom of Arctic lakes. This allows us to go back in time, typically several millennia before present, with annual temporal resolution.

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