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The James Bay Expedition was an exciting ocean expedition aboard the Research Vessel (R/V) William Kennedy, taken place August 2021 and 2022. The goal of the expedition was to explore the marine environment of James Bay and learn how it is interconnected with the nearby river systems. During the last few decades, James Bay has received little attention from scientists, despite its vast size and importance to communities and wildlife. The Bay faces pressures from both hydroelectric development and climate change that will need to be assessed and monitored. Very little is known about the Bay's physical, chemical and biological features such as its circulation patterns, underwater habitats, and food webs so there is much to learn.

Recognition goes to the representatives of Mushkegowuk Council and Cree Nation Government for their Working Group that helped plan these expeditions.

(Photo credit: Maude Durand from Oceans North)

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Title James Bay Expedition
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Keyword Vocabulary Polar Data Catalogue
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Theme Freshwater
Status In Progress
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Metadata Creation Date 2022
Publisher CanWIN
Related Facilities Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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Project Area James Bay
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Spatial extent West Bound Longitude
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Project Start Date 2021-08-01
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Mundy, C. J.
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Centre for Earth Observation Science - University of Manitoba
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Mushkegowuk Council and Cree Nation Government
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Rights Holder
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Kuzyk, Zou Zou
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Centre for Earth Observation Science - University of Manitoba
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Project Data Curator Hunt, Janine
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Project Data Curator Affiliation Centre for Earth Observation Science - University of Manitoba
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