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Research Program

Where environment, health, and technological innovation intersect

In the face of accelerating climate change and socioeconomic development in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, the Sentinel North research program helps generate the knowledge needed to monitor and prepare for environmental changes at multiple levels—from microbes to ecosystems—using better technologies, predictive models, and intervention strategies oriented toward sustainable health and development.


Sentinel North’s conceptual framework and priority research axes drive the program’s research, training, and partnership initiatives. 


Axis 1. Impact of environmental change on northern ecosystems and infrastructure

Axis 2: Environment-Health Interactions in the North

Axis 3: Data Analysis, Predictive Modelling and Knowledge Transfer

sentinel north conceptual framework

Results and publications

Over the past few years, Sentinel North teams have joined forces to generate knowledge and technological advances that lead to a better understanding of the changing northern environment and its impact on health. As a number of research teams funded in 2017 near the completion of their projects, scientific results and publications are increasing.


Selected outputs



Sentinel North’s partnership and collaboration strategy is based on a vast network of academic, public, and private collaborators backed by numerous research centres and groups. At the international level, research and training partnerships are based on the desire of internationally renowned institutions and researchers to work together on innovative joint projects with a view to building long-term collaborative relationships.


Collaborations and Partnerships


sentinel north parnerships map 2020