Transforming Climate Action

One of the most intensive investigations ever undertaken into the ocean's role in climate change
Launched in 2023
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Université du Québec à RimouskiUniversité LavalMemorial University of Newfoundland
Meet the researchers
Meet some of the 170+ researchers behind the most intensive investigation ever undertaken into the ocean’s role in climate change.

Anya Waite

Associate Vice President Research (Ocean) and Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Ocean Frontier Institute, Dalhousie University
The world’s most impactful ocean research team
“The Transforming Climate Action program brings together more than 170 researchers spanning academic disciplines, provinces, and languages. With the support of more than 40 national and international private and public sector partners and deep institutional connections with Indigenous peoples and communities in Atlantic Canada and Quebec we are uniquely prepared to bring a collective approach to climate action.”
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Rachel Chang

Canada Research Chair in Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University
Global leadership at the ocean-climate nexus
“We need to understand how energy, gases and particles are exchanged between the atmosphere and the ocean. It’s not a simple process and it can go in both directions. There are layers on top of the ocean that prevent gases from absorbing, there are waves, there are storms, there is sea spray, they can all have an impact. And the ultimate question is, how do they affect climate?”
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Jean-Éric Tremblay

Director of Quebec’s Northern Research Institute, Université Laval
New currents of Arctic water spark concern
“The profound, climate-driven transformation of the Arctic can radically alter CO2 balance in downstream oceanic regions. It is crucial to understand how changing deliveries of meltwater, nutrients and organic matter in the western North Atlantic impact carbon fluxes regionally and globally.”
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Philippe Archambault

Director of the Laboratoire de biodiversité benthique et aquatique (Biome), Université Laval
A sea change on the sea floor
“Changes in the export of organic matter to the seafloor due to global changes will impact food webs and benthic ecosystems where 98 per cent of the ocean's biodiversity can be found. The seafloor is the largest habitat on the planet, and benthic organisms play a key role in global carbon budgets.”
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Fanny Noisette

UNESCO Chair in Integrated Analysis of Marine Systems, ISMER-UQAR
Balancing society and ecology in the face of climate change
“Climate change, with its biophysical, social, economic and political impacts, is no longer to be considered only as a technical problem. It is also an issue requiring adaptive and creative responses and strategies that involve consideration of different forms of knowledge and the cultural dimension of societies.”
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Baiyu (Helen) Zhang

Canada Research Chair in Coastal Environmental Engineering, Memorial University
Achieving a blue ocean economy
“Climate change has been changing weather patterns, disrupting the normal balance of our nature and posing many risks to human beings and all other forms of life on Earth. Conducting ocean-based carbon dioxide removal thus becomes essential to our communities and all Canadians.”
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Hugh MacIntyre

Professor, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University
Ensuring the science is safe
“There is a massive amount of literature on acidifying the ocean, and its damaging impact. But there is a surprisingly small amount of literature on raising pH with alkaline substances and its effect on phytoplankton growth. We want to know if they can accommodate a rise in pH, or will they actually be harmed by it.”
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Kelly Hawboldt

University Research Professor, Department of Process Engineering, Memorial University
Realistic solutions
“The coastal communities that make their livelihood off the ocean feel the impacts of climate change every day. This project can not only mitigate these impacts but also result in an overall healthier ocean.”
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Kiran Banerjee

Canada Research Chair in Forced Migration Governance and Refugee Protection, Dalhousie University
Climate-migration an opportunity for Canadian leadership
“We’ve made no progress dealing with the climate-induced migration that promises to displace people at a scale of magnitude that far exceeds anything we have seen before. Future challenges require a better understanding of the changes taking place in the climate and ocean so the global community can respond.”
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Geneviève Therriault

Desjardins Research Chair in Environmental Education and Sustainable Development, L'Université du Québec à Rimouski
Empowering a new generation to take environmental action
“There is an urgent need for empirical research across the country to better understand the perspectives, needs and concerns of young citizens and teachers on climate-ocean interface issues and for these to be truly part of the solution.”
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Kate Sherren

Professor, School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University
Making space for the ocean
“We need to be coastal in a different way. We have to make some tough decisions together about where we can defend, where we should defend, and where we should actually pull back and leave space for ocean dynamism.”
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