The Churchill Marine Observatory positions Canada as a global leader of research into the detection, impact and mitigation of oil spills in sea ice
On Monday, July 6, 2015, Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, visited Churchill to announce an investment of $22.1 million to build the Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO), a multi-disciplinary research facility where researchers will study the impact of oil spills in sea ice as well as investigate issues facing arctic marine transportation.
The research infrastructure funding is provided through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI’s) Innovation Fund and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development which will invest $12.4 million, and the Province of Manitoba, which has committed almost $9.7 million over four years. The Universities of Calgary and Victoria are also collaborators on the CMO.
The Churchill Marine Observatory will be a unique, highly innovative research facility located in Churchill, Canada’s only Arctic deep-water port. The observatory will position Canada as a global leader of research into the detection, impact and mitigation of oil spills in sea ice. The research will help address technological, scientific and economic issues pertaining to Arctic marine transportation, oil and gas exploration, and development throughout the Arctic. The project leader is David Barber, associate dean of research in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment Earth and Resources at the University of Manitoba and Canada Research Chair in Arctic System Science.