Recently, a Canadian delegation from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Global Affairs Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) filed Canada’s Arctic Ocean submission, a 2,100-page scientific report, to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in New York.
Based on massive amounts of geoscientific data measuring the seafloor, an additional 1.2 million square kilometres could be added to Canada’s land area of 9.98 million km2.
Read more in the Geological Survey of Canada’s blog, click here.
Learn about Canada’s extended continental shelf program, click here.
Science at Work: Defining Canada’s Continental Shelf Program
Canada is party to an international agreement called the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea that recognizes that coastal states can obtain rights and jurisdiction over their continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles. Natural Resources Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Global Affairs Canada, with the help of other federal departments and agencies, are working on Canada’s submission to the United Nations, as part of a review process to clearly define our country’s offshore boundaries.
Melting Glaciers, Rising Sea Levels, Thawing Permafrost and Unpredictable Groundwater Levels: The Unsettling Effects of Climate Change
Global warming provides some of the most dynamic backdrops for climate change scientists at work today. This is especially true for Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) researchers who are on the leading edge, looking to gain a greater understanding of the unsettling effects of climate change.