SmartICE Technology

The SmartICE initiative in Nain Labrador is run out of the Nunatsiavut Research Centre. Recognizing the importance of sea ice to Inuit as well as its dynamism in face of a changing climate and increase in resource extraction, community members wanted to collect data on a local scale. Sea-ice Monitoring And Real-Time Information for Coastal Environments, or SmartICE uses a mix of both contemporary technologies and Inuit knowledge systems. “SmartICE is intended to augment and integrate Inuit sea ice knowledge, not replace it.” Instruments like a smart komotik, which is a traditional sled pulled by a ski doo with a large sensor to measure ice thickness, are used alongside the information gained in conversations. This real time data is essential to ensure the safety of those that occupy and use the sea ice in and around Nain.