About us


Who We Are


ArcticNet is a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada that brings together more than 230 Arctic researchers, engineers and managers studying human health, natural and social sciences in the Arctic.

With partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, 35 Canadian universities, eight federal and 11 provincial government agencies, ArcticNet works collaboratively with international research teams throughout Denmark, Finland, France, Greenland, Japan, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, to study the impacts of rapid climate, environmental and socio-economic change.

The Impacts of Climate Change


In the Arctic regions, where rapid transformation is shaped by climate, environmental and socio-economic change, impacts are felt first and most severely in Arctic communities and territories.

The reduction of coastal sea-ice hinders Inuit traditional hunting, reduces the habitat of unique Arctic fauna, increases exposure of coastal communities to storms. Changes could soon open the way to intercontinental shipping, raising new challenges to Canadian sovereignty and security. In the terrestrial coastal environment, warmer temperatures and permafrost thaw disrupt transportation, buildings and other infrastructure.


Our Vision

A future where improved observations, modelling, capacity-building and knowledge exchange enable researchers, Inuit, Northerners and decision-makers to co-develop adaptation strategies minimizing negative impacts and maximizing positive outcomes resulting from the transformation of the Canadian Arctic.

Our Mission

Build synergy among research Centres of Excellence in the human health, natural and social Arctic sciences.


Consolidate national and international collaborations in the study of the Canadian Arctic.


Involve Inuit, Northerners, government and the private sector in steering the Network and scientific processes through a bilateral exchange of knowledge, training and technology.