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Sea Ice in the Belcher Islands, Nunavut, Canada, Version 1

This data set contains interviews of three hunters from Sanikiliaq, Belcher Islands, in the territory of Nunavut, Canada. The hunters describe their observations of sea ice conditions around the Belcher Islands gathered from their many hunting expeditions. The local and traditional knowledge (LTK) gathered from these interviews reveals that the ice is changing and becoming more dangerous and less predictable than it once was.

In addition to the three video interviews, the hunters drew important ice features and changes on maps which are included as part of the data set. Photographs of ice conditions at specific places on the maps are available. Two of the three interviews are in English; the third is in Inuktitut and English.

Data are available via the Product Web Site as edited video files, maps, and photographs. Full video interviews, maps, and photographs are on ftp as a compressed file via the Access Data link.

Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 56.93479, S: 55.56779, E: -78.78479, W: -80.22399

Spatial Resolution:
Not Specified
Temporal Coverage
  • 1993-01-01 to 2009-04-01
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
  • Atmospheric Temperature > Air Temperature
  • Atmospheric Winds
  • Animals/Vertebrates > Birds > Ducks/Geese/Swans
  • Animals/Vertebrates > Birds > Ducks/Geese/Swans > Eider Ducks
  • Coastal Processes > Erosion
  • Snow/Ice > Freeze/Thaw
  • Sea Ice > Ice Deformation
  • Sea Ice > Ice Depth/Thickness
  • Sea Ice > Ice Edges
Data Format(s):
  • MPEG
  • PDF
  • HTML
  • JPEG
Data Contributor(s): Miriam Fleming, Peter Kattuk, Johnassie Ippak, Lucassie Takatak, Lucassie Arragutainaq, Jessie Kasynski, Dinah Kavik

Data Citation

As a condition of using this data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Fleming, M. 2010. Sea Ice in the Belcher Islands, Nunavut, Canada, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. [Date Accessed].
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