GENICE Research Goals:

  1. Baseline microbial genomics data useful for assessing marine ecosystem resilience and response to hydrocarbon pollution;
  2. Bioremediation viability case studies;
  3. Recommendations on technology-based emergency spill response strategies;
  4. Best practices for successful knowledge transfer and sharing of diverse knowledge types; and
  5. Mobilized sharing of genomics and bioremediation information for informed decision making and policy development.

This work will result in a “Best Practices” document concerning bioremediation of oil spills in Arctic regions that will be shared widely with residents of potentially affected northern communities, various levels of government, non-governmental and indigenous organizations and the private sector.

In addition, the GE3LS research component of the project will include engagement with multiple end-user groups to deliver new tools for informing policy and strategies for oil spill preparedness and response. The research aims to provide useful information for planning of safe ship corridor networks, remove the uncertainty of the costs associated with potential spills, and enhance environmental baselines needed by regulatory agencies. Northern communities and organizations, in partnership with the GE3LS team, will enhance Canadians’ understanding of bioremediation. Policies and strategies informed by the research will enable an improved capacity for environmental protection through safer shipping and oil exploration in the Arctic.

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