URI Awarded $3M Grant For Research Expedition Through Canadian Arctic

Sep 13, 2016

The University of Rhode Island has received a three-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. The Graduate School of Oceanography will use the money to charter a research trip through the Canadian Arctic Northwest Passage.

During the five-week journey college students will study the effects of climate change on the arctic waters says, URI’s Gail Scowcroft, one of the lead organizers of the trip.

“The arctic is rapidly changing, and because it’s changing so fast the chemistry can give us clues as to what’s going on,” said Scowcroft.

The trip will take place aboard the tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry.

“The expedition is extremely unique, in that we’re not taking an icebreaker or a traditional research vessel, we’re going to be sailing the Oliver Hazard Perry, which is Rhode Island’s new tall ship,” said Scowcroft.

The students will also study marine life in the northern waters, as well as visit Inuit communities on the islands dotting the Northwest Passage.

Editor's note: a previous version of this article, incorrectly identified the Oliver Hazard Perry as an historic replica. It is an original design, created and built in Rhode Island.